Thursday, January 10, 2008

Local Scarce and Rare
In my early efforts in 2008 I have managed to photograph a couple of scarce and a rare species.

Firstly a Mediterranean Gull which take quite a lot of finding amongst the big flocks of black-headed gulls which look very similar. I think this is the same bird that I found at the end of 2007.

There have been half a dozen Purple Sandpiper on the local rocks and sea defences roosting at high tide.

This winter there has been a small number of cattle egret arriving in the country. I am fortunate in that one turned up in a local farm at Neston. I believe this is the only the second bird recorded locally with the last one being back in 1997. Quite difficult lighting conditions during my visit and the distance of the bird required the use of the 1.4 teleconvertor on the 500mm lens.


Island Rambles Blog said...

WoW what an amazing site...we have similar shorebirds here..but I can't seem to capture them like you do!!! Cheers.

Rich Steel said...

Thanks Ocean. Glad you enjoyed the site.


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