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Purple on the rocks

  I have the real pleasure of writing my first blog post of 2022 about a trip to Battery Point, Portishead, Bristol to photograph Purple Sandpipers (Calidris Maritima). As many of my readers will know I love waders probably above all bird species and so when I had the opportunity to get some pictures with my good friend Paul Joy of this rare, specially protected and very confiding wader species that winters in the UK coastland I was really excited. Up until this point I had never seen a Purple Sandpiper. They are small waders, bigger than a Dunlin but slightly smaller and less robust than a Turnstone.  They migrate to the UK in the winter from as far away places as Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Fennoscandia and Russia. They then spend their time along the coasts roosting and feeding on various rocky outcrops. They have a preference for rocks covered with seaweeds where they forage for insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They get their names because of a Purple sheen that can be seen in t

Early Morning Kingfisher in the Mist

The last couple of days has been quiet on the river and the Kingfishers are making fewer appearances at the perch. They like to make me wait.

Today just after dawn and early morning mist, I had a visit from a male Kingfisher. He did not stay for long but I was thankful to see him as its always worth the long waits and suffering the cramped muscles and joints.

I think the juveniles are starting to get pushed out but their is definitely more than one bird using this territory at the moment.


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