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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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year and Happy Birding 2016

The start of the year has been abysmal as far as the weather is concerned and as age creeps on I fear I am becoming a 'fair weather' birder. There were a few bright periods today when I was able to walk the Spit to see what was about.
First thing this morning I watched a pair of Peregrines homing in on a Snipe. Again and again one would fly above it and the other would come in at high speed just below the poor bird,  panicking and zig-zagging away, before eventually shaking off both amazing spectacle!

One of the Peregrines returning after failing to catch its breakfast.

Several Pintail were feeding in the shallows

...and a Great Crested Grebes was on the move..

Morning view towards Chichester cathedral
Same view....late afternoon light.
Along the beach just before sunset...a Turnstone..
Accommodating birds if approached slowly.

...and finally 
Late afternoon rainbow over Pagham Parish Church.

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