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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, July 3, 2013

Where's that Spoonbill?

Out at 7.00am to check the harbour for the reported Spoonbill but apart from more Swifts over the lagoon and a hunting Peregrine there was little of interest and  no sign of the target bird.

...those tail feathers are put to very good use

...another 'Swift' morning.

However, early afternoon it was reported on the North Wall viewable from the sluice. So, armed with camera, I arrived at the Salt House and there, in the middle of the harbour a  pin prick of a sleeping creamy white bird which, with bins was the Spoonbill. Photographable?...well no!
.... here's the proof!
700mm and a massive crop!
Having lugged the camera to the Breech Pool what could I photograph?

 A Shelduck with four youngsters the other side of the pool...

 and then I was reduced to Magpies!

...but hang on, if these were rare we would be bowled over by their plumage...just look at these tail colours and the general 'exotic' look of the bird.! Enjoy Magpies!

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