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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

A golden dawn at the Marshes

I arrived at the Goldcliff Lagoons just as dawn was approaching. By the time I had got to sea wall hide the first rays of light were on the horizon.

As the sun rose the reeds certainly take on a lovely golden glow.

Quite a variety of birds made an appearance today. a large contingent of Curlews were feeding. I love the call of  a Curlews - it really stirs something in me that feels "that is a call of the wild"..

Lapwings today were not as concentrated at the reed beds. preferring to group as a flock near the first hide to the reserve or spread about.

No sign of the Marsh Harrier today but other raptors did make an appearance.

A female Kestrel hunted for a while and then a Buzzard flew in and got mobbed by two  Ravens.

I enjoyed watching the Wigeon, Lapwing and Dunlins take off and fly around in flocks at any sign of impending danger. The Dunlins are amazingly quick formation flyers.

To finish the morning I got some pictures of a Redwing and Fieldfare in the Hawthorns.


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