My visit to the Wirral was very nice and there are always good birds around, but I never neglect the more common species on show that can often get overlooked. These were seen in a mixture of places such as marsh and coast. Here are just a few of them.
I spent a couple of glorious hours on Sunday afternoon in Tattton Park, Cheshire. It's only a few miles from my home but is somewhere that gets visited infrequently. I should really make more use of it. However, this year I have made it my aim to photograph the deer during the rut.
Right now the male stags are strutting around trying to look mean. The herd that I focused on had one particular beast that clearly fancies his chances this year of being top dog. He was bellowing and chasing other males off while schmoozing up to the females. I didn't manage to see any antler locking or fighting but maybe I'll be lucky enough in the coming weeks. Here are some pictures to whet the appetite.
More of a playful slap down here.
A healthy looking stag, but he was not looking to take charge.
This is your man. He was up for a fight with any other male and very loud.
Not sure if everyone heard me, so I'll bellow again.
Bad hair day.
A very good looking stag. Could be a contender this year.
Curlew Sandpipers seemed to be at most sites I visited when in Norfolk a month or so ago. In small groups of threes, fours or fives, they busied about there business probing the beds for food. Similar to the Dunlin, they can cause confusion, especially for me. What does help is when you get both together. Fortunately at Titchwell I did get both together and was able to sort out which was which quicker than normal. The Curlew Sand has a slightly more down-curved bill and a little less dumpy looking. These guys were stopping off on migration, as they don't stay here year round. Off to Africa for the winter. Now that sounds like a great idea.
Dunlin on the left and Curlew Sandpiper on the right.
Thankfully, this weekend turned out to be dry and sunny, so my fears of dark wet days can wait a while. I made my way to the Wirral to avoid rain that looked like it would get to most other places.
One of the areas I visited was New Brighton. I'd not been here before, so didn't really know what to expect. What I did get was a nice sandy beach with the tide just on its way out.
It wasn't long before I spotted some Redshank on the shore line. One of them seemed to be holding its left leg as if injured. Hopefully it will be ok. It wasn't affecting it too badly.
Redshank with a Common Gull.
A razor clam shell can be seen here in the foreground. There were lots about.
Well the weather has really turned in the last couple of weeks and Autumn is well and truly with us. The sun has been replaced by wind and rain. The evenings are drawing in and this makes me sad. It means I can't get out after work with the camera, and so it's a long wait for the weekend and then praying that it is dry and sunny.
A few weeks back; when we were still enjoying good sunshine, I visited Pennington Flash and Elton Reservoir. Plenty of birds were around and lots of them seemed to perform nicely for me. Hurry up the Spring please!
Lapwing enjoying the warm sun.
A Grey Wagtail having a little skip and a jump.
Kingfisher also soaking up the sun.
A Nuthatch having a feed.
A Sedge Warbler do its best to give me a rubbish short by hiding behind the twigs.
I came across these lovely birds whilst walking along the beach in Hunstanton. I believe they nest along the cliffs here, but I'd never timed a visit that coincided with them being around. So I was fortunate enough this time to see a few pairs soaring on the up draughts of the cliffs.
They fly with stiff wings that look as though they can't be bothered to moved. Unlike the lolloping wing beat of a gull for example.
This pair caught my attention by the noise they were making, otherwise I would have walked straight past them. A nice bird to see around our coast and something a bit different.
Seemed to be having a nice chat with each other.
I left them to it as I was beginning to feel a little uncomfortable.
I really enjoy watching Terns in flight. So elegant. I was lucky enough to come across 60+ Sandwich Terns a few weeks ago at Holme. We were on an early morning wader watch at high tide. It was cloudy at first but eventually the sun came out and that's when everything looks so much better and also makes for much better pictures.
The odd Common Tern were in amongst the dozens of Sandwich Terns.