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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.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sanderlings by the Yacht Club!

A miserable drizzly morning prevented any hope of taking the camera out...until a rather wet and bedraggled Mr Illman sauntered past during the morning and started making sign language from the beach that something interesting might be around and may make suitable 'blog fodder'! On venturing outside he told me he had come across a party of Sanderlings  down at the yacht club. It was still too miserable to set off  then and there so I waited until about 1.00pm to have a look. Sure enough, although they had moved away from the mangled remains of the look out point they were a little way along the beach towards Aldwick. The light was still dire and the birds looked tired but they are rarely seen on the beach so they were of interest for the blog...I don't think I have featured them here before.

They all looked pretty sleepy

A few were colour ringed.

This one looked as fed up with the weather as I am!
Anyway, thanks David for the info!

In mid afternoon the weather had improved very slightly so I decided to take the 400mm for a walk. High ISOs and big apertures were the order of the day. A few waders along the shore line...
Oystercatcher in flight.

Turnstone posing.

...and lots of Mediterranean Gulls giving there unmistakable mewing flight calls....many taking on their spring plumage.

Not brilliant photos but I just love 'Meds'

...and then a Little Egret circled before landing not too far away from me.

All white birds are never easy to photograph but there is just about sufficient detail in the highlights to make it acceptable....pity the light wasn't better!

Better weather and improved light is forecast for tomorrow...lets hope the weather men are right!

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