A sunny morning at Goldcliff
A couple of week ago I purchased a friends Birding Scope and I must admit I have been enjoying just watching bird behaviour for a change. I find the scope gives me a rest from taking pictures but also allows me learn something about the birds and give me ideas for photos. It also helps to stop me missing things as my distance vision is not as good as it used to be.
Whilst sat quietly at Lagoon 2, I was able to get some nice views of the Dunlins. They are a tiny wading species of birds. They tend to gather in large flocks and fly around in a tight flock when startled. One of my favourites for flying flock shots.
The Redshanks have started gathering in larger flocks and they were busy all morning preening , feeding and flying back and forth.
One of my highlights for the morning was seeing the two Black Swans which have been hanging around in recent weeks. They flew off towards Redbarn and were seen at quite a distance.
My second highlght was when a Curlew flew into lagoon 2 announcing itself loudly with its hauntingly serene call. I love to hear them , they really are the "Call of the wild".
The Curlew decided to mix it on " Gull Island" together with the Black headed Gulls, Black Tailed Godwits, Shelducks, Oystercatchers and Dunlins. There was also a Ringed Plover feeding and a number of Teal , two herons and a family of Coots put in an appearance. There really was alot on offer to watch.
The Curlew settled for a while feeding and preening. It called out regularly and I knew that at any minute it was likely to fly off, and it did. I managed to snap a few shots as it took flight and flew straight at me calling loudly as it did so.
After a chat with the local birders I decided to pack my bags and head North of the county hoping to see the Red Arrows ( I will cover that in a separate post).
|Curlew lift off from Gull Island Lagoon 2
|Curlew flying with the sea wall hide behind
|Flock of Redshanks
|Pair of Black Swans
|Redshanks gathering in larger numbers