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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

Up at first light

I was up before dawn today and set up my hide just as the sun was starting to rise.

Just after dawn a  juvenile male Kingfisher made an appearance at the perch.
He stayed for a while and then dived and caught a fish which he proudly stunned by bashing it on the perch numerous times.

He returned a few times throughout the morning as the light got better and then got skittish when hearing people with dogs.

I am pleased to get some more photographs. The light today was difficult to work with.

 As we move through Autumn the light available at different times of day is changing and makes a huge difference on the colours of the bird and in backgrounds. The yellowy/gold background was created by the first light of the sun illuminating Willow Trees along the river bank.


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