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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

Kingfishers taken weekend off but plenty to see.

Well I have invested some serious time in the hide this weekend.
Up before daybreak and enjoyed walking to my spot guided by the silvery colored water of the river to set up the hide in darkness, whilst listening to Tawny Owls calling to each other in the wood.

I am sure there is an Otter close by the hide , regularly splashing about but so far it has not made an appearance. Bats continue to be around as there continues to be quite a lot of insects in the sky's.

No Kingfishers again. I have also walked several miles around my patch and not even heard them. Water level was down today and I did get a Little Egret close to the hide.

Had a scout around and enjoyed watching Egrets from a distance and had a laugh at the Airbus sized Mute Swans flying around. They really do put a lot of effort in to just stay airborne - noisy as well, honking nearly every beat of their wings.

I think I saw some Redwings today. Not 100% confident. There are a lot of Mistle Thrushes around and they tend to perch up the tops of trees and are incredibly skittish.

Finished the morning bird watch following a Dipper that was foraging along the shady banks. Nothing particularly good picture wise but enjoyable all the same.


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