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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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

All through the winter months we have been privileged  to have had a male Blackcap visiting the garden, taking a particular liking to a Camellia which has been flowering since Christmas. It has been feeding, presumably on insects, right inside the flower head. The other day he started  trying his vocal chords and I believed Spring was almost here!

Today he visited the fat balls and his face was covered in nectar....

Regretfully I have been out of action for the past few weeks but hopefully will soon be back on the trail as the migrants start pouring in!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Harbour Eider

This bird has been lurking in the harbour for a week or two but is difficult to photograph as it remains some way off and resents intruders! Here's a few photos taken this morning just to prove it is still around!

Not sure what's in her beak!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Obliging Red Necked Grebe.

After two days of wind and rain it was a relief to be able to enjoy some early morning  sunshine! The light was good so a decision was made to take the 500mm lens to the harbour entrance just in case the Red Necked Grebe put in an appearance.
On the way the usual Curlew was feeding in the mud...

He glanced up at me and then continued to look for his breakfast with great success!

Curlew with large worm.

Out in the middle of the harbour an Eider was washing and preening.

As I approached the harbour wall...there it was, just in front of me....great! For once the lighting was good, the bird was within range and I had the right optics!

As I watched it dived repeatedly....

..and then would surface a little further away.

A cracking bird!

During the afternoon I wandered along to the North Wall enjoying the flocks of Brent Geese, Lapwing, Golden Plover and dozens of Black Tailed Godwits. Here's a sample...
Brent Geese with Chichester Cathedral in the distance.

Golden Plover

Lapwing on the move.

 Black Tailed Godwits

Monday, January 22, 2018

At last...the Red Necked Grebe is within range.

...that is, from the Pagham Spit side of the harbour. Up until now it has been residing mostly on the Church Norton side of the harbour but this morning it was feeding in he main channel and although it wasn't ultra close it was just about in photographic range. Here are a few images... I will take a longer lens later and hopefully obtain some better photographs but this is a bird that has eluded me for some while, so it was pleasing to obtain these shots this morning.

Low in the water

Nice bird...hopefully it will will remain in the main channel for a few more days and give even better opportunity for some decent photos.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Disturbance in the Harbour!

Sunshine at last after days of dreariness! Nevertheless on the Spit there was little to get excited about. The reported Red Necked Grebe could be seen but was on the far side of the harbour and photography was not possible. Desperate to use the camera I made 'do' with a Carrion Crow...

Carrion Crow

A Fox watched me as I returned home as he sunbathed by the Lagoon...

Back in the garden a Chiffchaff was feeding in the ivy hedge....we had two Chiffchaffs on Sunday....probably overwintering.

Later in the morning I headed over towards the North Wall noting large flocks of waders resting on the mud flats...this shot of Black Tailed Godwits (mostly)

Lapwings flew lazily overhead...they do have a very lazy flight!

As I  approached the Salt House I was pleased to find Martin and Dave and as we commented on the lack of bird life in the Breech Pool a light  aircraft appeared and we watched for a good five minutes as it repeatedly flew at astonishingly low level to and fro across the harbour putting up all the birds and causing a huge disturbance


Completely reckless !

Later in the afternoon I couldn't resist the temptation to wander back to to the Spit and admire the setting sun. I was pleased  as a Kingfisher appeared on the rusty metalwork by the Little Lagoon!

Oystercatchers on the tideline in the late afternoon light.

A peaceful end to the day.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A dull, dreary and drizzly December Day but suddenly.....

....I looked up from my cosy log fire mid afternoon and was surprised to see a mass of white just offshore....diving Gannets!

There were at least 60 birds in a feeding frenzy circling and diving...very impressive. I grabbed the camera and began shooting through the double glazing. The light was poor but sufficient to obtain some record was just a pleasure to watch these amazing birds and reminded me of my visit to Bempton Cliffs a couple of years they were on my doorstep!

I knew I had witnessed a similar flock of Gannets from the window before and having checked the diary noted a flock of 60 were seen on Christmas Day 2004! 

Hoping to see them a little closer I wandered up the Spit but by this time they were off Selsey Bill .
However the two long stay Goosanders were in the main channel  but soon made off at my approach.

A very Happy Christmas to one and all.