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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

RSPB Marshside

Recently took the opportunity to get across to Marshside, Nr Southport, with the intention of getting some shots of the breeding Avocets. It was a lovely hot sunny morning when I arrived and a few Avocets were feeding close in to the Sandgrounders Hide, but the strong sun was behind them which caused a few problems getting good shots, but managed to get some nice ones. As it was only a short visit I didnt have too much time to have a good look around, but a flock of Black Tailed Godwits caught my attention, and although very flighty they settled eventually.

Todays target, the Avocet

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That long upturned bill is constantly sieving and probing the mud for food

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This one was calling to its mate

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Nicely posing amongst the colourful buttercups

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The parent birds were constantly calling and chasing off gulls, to protect their young that were already at a young age probing the shallows feeding

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A large flock of Black tailed Godwits were flying around for a while until they settled close by

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Just outside the hide a Sedge warbler was singing, but try as I might I couldnt get a full clear shot, this being the closest I came.

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Just at the waters edge a juvenile Pied Wagtail

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On the way I back I called in at Meresands Wood, to hopefully get some Kingfisher shots, no success this time, but some nice Jay pics, and Woodpecker pics to come shortly........

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