Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Close-in Scaup

The light was beautiful today so I attempted more photos of the Mudbank Scaup. It was really close-in this morning, often out of sight below the railway line. Not sure where it's getting when it's not off Mudbank. Also 100+ Redshank and 200+ Dunlin off there over the high tide. The Kingfisher showed well too.
Yesterday there was a male Blackcap in the Foxholes sallows and off Maer Rocks there were two small grebes. They were almost certainly Black-necked Grebes but the light wasn't great and they were just too far off for me to be sure. The fact that they kept disappearing in the swell didn't help either. Off Mudbank yesterday - 82+ Pintail, a male Teal and a pair of Peregrines attempting to chase down a Redshank that somehow managed to stay alive. A Mistle Thrush was on Warren View playing fields and a single Chiffchaff was in the Maer long-stay carpark.

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