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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.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wow.....what a bird!

A Grey Phalarope has been reported present in Hove for the past few days and as this has been photographed by most of the birders in Sussex and beyond, today was my day! Having arrived in Hove at 8.30 this morning in the rain I had certain misgivings about my success. A quick search soon located a few birders returning to their cars assuring me the bird was still present but asleep (head under wing) and the  light was poor in the rain! Not a good start.

All was well however and as  I made my way to the Kiddies paddling pool several birders were watching this small wader  feeding on the surface and approaching to within a few feet of them. It is not often that a bird will approach too close to focus a telephoto lens!

Having taken 400 photos here are just a few.....despite it being so confiding it was quite a challenge as it was fast moving,  constantly changing direction with a non stop bobbing head.

A fabulous bird!

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