Thursday, April 24, 2008

Avocets and Godwits
I dropped into Marshside while passing the other day. There was a reasonable amount of bird activity in front of the hide but the light was not at its best. I was hoping there would be numbers of Black-tailed godwit there but the most numerous birds were avocets. Avocets are entertaining to watch and if they are not squabbling amongst themselves or with other birds, they tend to be mating!!
The prelude to mating.Shortly followed by.......
In a brief moment of sunshine
A Common Snadpiper also put in a brief appearance. A difficult bird to photograph as they never seem to stop in their foraging along the water's edge.
A couple of Black-tailed godwits were present and keeping a good distance between each other. Superb looking birds in their summer plumage.

2 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Well now I know why their bills are curved upwards... and I always thought it was for feeding.... (grin) beautiful captures! You should be proud of your work

Rich Steel said...

Thank you for your comment Stacey. Quite a lot of fuss is made over Avocets here but give me a Black-tailed Godwit in summer plumage any day which I think are much more interesting birds.

Cheers

Rich

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