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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

Restricted to the garden

The beginning of 2018  has been a uncomfortable time for me due to a bout of illness so I have been a little restricted to watching my garden birds.

The first post of the year then starts humbly with a few pictures I have taken of my garden visitors.

The feeders have been busy with the usual House Sparrows, Starlings, Blue,Coal and Great Tits, Dunnocks, Robins , Wrens ,Blackbirds and Long Tailed Tits.

I love watching them and its interesting to see how they interact with each other and how the pecking order works out.


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