Saturday, 10 July 2010

Spot the Dot

I went down to Crimdon Dene with SH this morning to see if the female Dotterel was still around.
When we got there it didn’t take us long to find the Dotterel – Lifer, sitting amongst the shingle on the beach where it was camouflaged. I doubt I’ll see one as good as that again.
It stood on one leg and yawned before closing its eyes, it looked fairly settled until a group of photographers got to close and flushed it further down the beach. Why do they need to be so close?
Little Terns were calling overhead and from the colony as they brought fish back to their nests. There must have been 100+ Little Terns with a few Arctic’s amongst them.
Many of the Terns stood together on the beach giving a good size comparison.

After doing my duties at Washington yesterday I went down to the wader lake where 6 Black Tailed Godwits in the water around the middle island along with a Dunlin.

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abbey meadows said...

I'd be very proud of that shot of the Dotterel. No need to get too close. Good bird...I've only seen them in Scotland.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Nice dotterel - not something we come across very often on our safaris - if ever!

For your year list try this simple formula - For year lists (including patches) divide your total species seen at the end of March by 0.7 and then take off 7% which you'll miss over the year to end up with your likely year list length.
Developed by Moore Patcher - worked on mine to within half a bird - now all I gotta do is see em!