Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dowitcher in the sun

With sun and blue sky forecast I was up to Cresswell to try for some shots of the Long-billed Dowitcher in decent light. I was in luck as the bird was feeding just north of the causeway and looking brick red in the sun. Crawling out along the causeway with the bird feeding continuously I was able spend the next hour at close range. After an hour lying on the ground without coat or gloves I was freezing and retreated to the car, leaving the Dowitcher to continue feeding.

Long-billed Dowitcher

Sorry for the Dowitcher overkill!

Some mentalist (cheers John)

At Druridge 2 pairs of Pintail were looking splendid in the sun. At least 6 Sedge Warbler were singing at the south pool East Chevington and I got brief views of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler (thanks Dave).

At QEII the Iceland Gull was dazzling in the sun.

Iceland Gull
All quiet back in Gateshead, but the common warblers were enjoying Spring.


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