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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A superb morning!

Bright sun, perfectly calm,cold and crisp.

A Little Egret posing on the Lagoon...
...in the sunshine

...what a bird!


...coming into breeding plumage showing the elongated nape feathers.

Mute Swans are getting very territorial and one pair in particular is very agressive towards the others and on some days there have been fourteen on the Lagoon.

..anything but 'mute'



Watch out...I'm after you!
Spring can't be far away!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spoonbills in the Harbour..

A brisk walk to check the harbour at 9.45 this morning with just a compact camera and, not too far away, a pair of Spoonbills....

 I didn't have the time to get the 'proper gear' to get a 'proper' photo buts it's a record shot. Returning later in the day...no sign...but a great sunset!.

Looking towards Church Norton just before sunset.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wild Goose Chase...sucess at last.

Having tried on several previous ocasions to track down the roving Tundra Bean Goose I did actualy locate it behind the Trout Lake in Chichester Gravel Pits this morning.
It was feeding along with Greylag Geese at the back of the field and as I only had my 400mm lens it was too distant for a decent photo. Nevertheless I was pleased to find it and show below a few heavily cropped shots...
Tundra Bean Goose with Grelags.
On the look out...showing the orange beak with distinctive black tip..
Showing the dark head and neck, making comparison with the Greylags reasonably easy.

On the lakes plenty of Greylags....

..and the usual Canada Geese..

On a separate note the Brent Geese in the harbour are beginning to give the impression they are getting 'itchy' and preparing their flight plans for home!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A superb morning...cold and frosty.

A visit to the North Wall and the first bird up was this resplendent Kingfisher on her usual post.


The ridiculously tame Robin was hopping around the salthouse within inches of me...the other day it   actually perched on the camera!

A Jenny Wren was foraging amongst the reed stems.

A small flock of Brents flew overhead including one, unusually,  with 2 sets of wings!
On the Beeech Pool the usual Teal, Coots etc but also a Spotted Redshank
Not one, but....
two!
Little else of note around so have just included this Wood Pigeon in a rather unusual pose

Monday, January 19, 2015

Nothing much!

Whilst waiting for the reported Scaup to turn up on Pagham Lagoon I passed the time 'playing'!
A sleeping Med?
Competition time! What is it?
Little Grebe


...going,

going,
going,
gone!

Competition answer....female Goldeneye
The Scaup didn't turn up!

 Just shows how desparate you can get sometimes!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

After a very damp start to the day the sun came out and I made my way to the North Wall. As I passed the Lagoon there were at least two pairs of Pochard, numerous Wigeon and Tufted Ducks and a couple of distant Goldeneye. The ever present Little Grebes were fishing near the reeds....

Dabchick
There were plenty of Lapwings, Redshank, Shelduck and a single Spotted Redshank in Whites Creek but nothing unusual. Wigeon were feeding near the sliuce gate...
This slendid drake Wigeon  showed well in the sunshine

As I reached the Salthouse a Kingfisher zoomed past but little else of interest until I met Jim Western
who led me  to a Little Owl  viewable across the field by the parked cars...too distant for a decent shot...a pity as it was showing really well in the sunshine...
Little Owl....(record shot!)
The resident Robin was singing its heart out as we watched!
In the afternoon, as I had to go to Worthing, I decided to nip into to Widewater to see if the Goosander and the Scoter were still present...neither showed up!
I did however meet Arthur for the first time (Artisanart on Flickr) and together we enjoyed a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers in 'battle' mood which gave us both an opportunity for some action shots!











Real agression!


Nice Mergansers ....shame about missing the Goosander!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Widewater visit.

After  a very wet morning the sun appeared and I felt the need to go in search of the Dusky Warbler to at least get a record shot of the bird. Alas....it was not to be! Several birders were wandering about pretty aimlessly and it had neither been seen nor heard.
Next stop Widewater, Lancing to try for the reported Scoter which had been around for a few days. On arrival I met three photographers all with long faces...never a good sign. The only birds around were a Redshank, Little Egret and a few Little Grebes. I had just about given up when I met a couple of birdwatchers who were obviously locals who told me it was at the far end and I'd probably missed it!
I hurried back to the eastern end of Widewater and there it was hiding behind the first island....too distant for a decent photo but sufficient for a few record shots.
 Time was not on my side and I had to depart all too soon but as I was driving away with all gear packed away two chaps with cameras were running! I caught them up and sure enough the Scoter was close to the bank. Leaping out the car, extracting the equipment from the case inside the boot and trying to hand hold a 700mm lens only to see the bird now making its way to the other side was not an ideal conclusion to my venture but nevertheless a few shots herewith!!
The female Scoter at Widewater


...and a couple of shots of a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers



I think the reflection of the buildings in the water gives an interesting effect...nice birds, too!