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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 20, 2017

Another couple of days away from Pagham.


A visit to the WWT at Arundel on Thursday to get some close up shots of the now 'long stay' Great White Egret  resulted in one heavily cropped long distance shot!  Other photographers have had some excellent photos but this record shot was the only one for me!

Today it was time to try for the Water Pipit At Fishbourne Creek.  It was where it had been reported in front of three white yachts but I found it a rather skittish individual with a well defined shallow  circle of fear. It tended to watch my every movement! However I was pleased to obtain a few shots, again heavily cropped. A record though!

One last look!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In search of THE starling!

In view of the much publicised Rose Coloured Starling that has been frequenting a back garden in deepest Crawley I decided it was time for me to get a shot of it and so with a good forecast I was on my way. On arrival there was just one lady with a camera pointing at a cherry tree and there it was! The only problem it tended to hide behind the branches and was half in the bright sun and half in shadow...not ideal. I met local photographer, Sandra Palme who suggested I went round the back and sure enough as I waited a few moments the bird flew down on to a garage roof  in full sun and with the ideal dark background of a pine tree. As I raised the camera to my eye it saw me and that was that...gone!!! What a shot that would have been but alas it is just a memory!
Here are few of my efforts....

...and finally a close up of the head in the sun 
Not all bad but could have been so much better...nice bird though!

Stopped off at Warnham local nature reserve on the way home to check for Redpolls, Siskins or hopefully a Brambling but saw none!

Nonetheless the usual 'garden birds' were well represented.............

Long Tailed Tit



Great  Spotted Woodpecker 

Great Tit

Song Thrush

Chaffinch (f)

Warnham is always a good spot  for 'the usual'!

Friday, January 6, 2017

In search of a Kingfisher.

A tip off from Dave Potter a couple of days ago had me visiting Arundel WWT  at the earliest opportunity to capture an obliging Kingfisher. Unfortunately I was not able to get along yesterday when the sun shone all day and today in the afternoon the lighting was far from perfect and most of the photos were taken with an ISO of 3200! However the bird was present and even in these conditions the brilliant colours were amazing. It is the kind of bird that just begs for photos but although during the time I was watching he never caught a fish....I will have to return to get that classic 'fish in the beak' picture!
Here are a few for starters.....

I will return!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sanderlings on the beach

A walk along the beach this afternoon was rewarded by finding a couple of Sanderling scurrying over the pebbles in search of molluscs. They are just like clockwork and run hither and thither in search of food....very tricky to photograph!

 They do pause every now and again!

Turnstones enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

Black Headed Gull....winter plumage( I have noted a few are already starting to get their dark brown 'summer' caps)