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Monday, June 12, 2017

Fly Flatts

                                      Plenty Common Sandpipers present
                                  in the shoreline foam
    Had to take these pics in the same setting as I take
   Snow Buntings in the snow at to stop
                 the camera blinkies.
                                    Tides coming in

             Rolling waves and white horses
                            Shoreline disappearing.


       Common Sandpiper in to land.
    Fast shutter speed 1/1250.  F7.1   ISO 1000 at 600mm

                        Curlew low over the water

  The leg ringed Barnacle from Cold Edge Dams
  These 2 seemed to have paired up and are now
  resident at Fly Flatts.
                                       1 of 5 Oystercatchers.

1515 hrs Fly Flatts.  Dark rolling clouds, 100% cloud cover on a strong >W>6 decreasing W>4.
                                                            Ideal conditions once the wind had decreased slightly but once again the light was changing by the minute with black clouds rolling over from the west.
The water was very rough and the SE shoreline just hanging on but much more heavy rain and it will be gone.
             One of the best years for a while for Common Sandpiper with at least 8 counted just from the SE corner to  part way on the west bank. Just the one brief sighting of Dunlin with a fly over dropping down on the moor. Other waders were 5  Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank and 4 Curlew, whilst a male Reed Bunting was briefly on the nyjer seed with 2 Grey Wagtails nearby.
                                                           Two of the 3 Cold Edge Dams Barnacle geese seem to have set up residence permanently above the boathouse now, the third bird not being reported for a while. Other than that 7 sub adult Herring gulls were on and around the water with all the usual species present. One heart stopping moment when all the Curlews and Lapwings went up together but I never found what spooked them, another Osprey was flashing through my mind but not to be.
                                                                     Unbelievable that once again, in perfect conditions, not a single Tern of any description through with so many Black Terns within 30 minutes flying time away.
                                                                    A customer today told me his 12 year old son had become keen on nature and birding so he was starting to take him round some local areas to see if he gets the bug. I told him thats good news as local birders are rapidly in danger of becoming extinct with a fall over the last 20 years from around 100 active birders in Bradford/ Calderdale to around 10 on the top side now.
On the up side, K.M. had another 2 Yellow Legged Herring gulls at Redcar Tarn yesterday and 2 LBBs with leg rings.
BS

2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Amazing sharpness to these photos Bri.
And on a dull day.
John

Brian sumner said...

The wonders of modern technology John.
My first 35mm camera had to be used with a light meter and the distance guessed and manual focus. How times have changed.