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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... 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 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!