Five Spoonbills have been in the harbour for the past few days but this morning was my first opportunity to catch up with them. Alas, it was raining at 7.00am when I hoped to get out but within a couple of hours the weather improved. Initially I could only find four birds but the fifth was a litle way away from the rest and, with headed tucked well under its wing, was not easily picked out from all the gulls.
|Peregrine in fast flight.|
As I watched they were all spooked by a Peregrine which was actually to my advantage as I grabbed a few flight photos before they landed slightly closer than they were at first...not that close though!
Two of the birds were ringed so hopefully someone will know their origin...France maybe?
Other birds noted during the morning......
Newly arrived Pintails
|...also Wigeon coming into their autumn/winter quarters.|
Distant Redshank, Greenshank and a Dunlin(in the centre)
|Mute Swan flypast|
During the last few days of last week a few birds turned up on Pagham Spit that were obviously on the move