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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

The King and Fly

This evening I watched a battle of supremacy for the perch at the hide. A female Kingfisher turned up with the male somewhere in a nearby Willow Tree. She successfully caught , three fish - Bullhead, Perch (?) and Minnow.

All the while she was having to contend with a pair of Spotted Flycatchers who were fluttering about the perch annoying her. She eventually had enough and flew off on a full stomach.





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