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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.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Cattle are in the field!

High expectations as I walked past the Salthouse this morning. I could see a herd of cows in the field next to the Breach Pool! The Cattle Egret MUST be there this morning! Not so!

The pools had the usual waders, Blackwits,Snipe, Lapwings....

Black tailed Godwit....wading



A flock of Lapwings looking black and white as they flew over...
 dropped in. great close up views of their iridescent backs!
Four Stonechats were present on the fence, several Reed Buntings together with small flocks of mixed finches were feeding in the bushes, a Cettis Warbler burst into song and a distant Water Rail did his 'squealy pig' thing! But no sign of a Cattle Egret So it was back to the Kingfisher spot to try and get that 'fish in the beak' shot. Having sat patiently for an hour or so it did appear and it did catch a fish but it decided to fly to a distant mud hump and despatch the fish well out of camera range!

Far too far away and not a pretty picture....another day perhaps!

Whilst waiting I noticed a Black Headed Gull was using his own  'Kingfisher' tecnique...diving for fish, not very successfully I noted; but it was something to photograph while I waited patiently!

Result....nothing!   About as good as I had got this morning! I gave up on the Kingfisher!

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