Saturday, October 24, 2009

Reflections of Leighton

I recently took a trip up to the RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve. It has been a long time since I made a visit and it made for a refreshing change of scenery. At early start allowed me to arrive at first light and on opening the hide flap I was confronted with two wader species that I have not photographed before. A promising start! The light was a bit odd that morning and all over the place but conditions were very calm allowing for some reflections to be captured. First to be put before the lens was a Spotted redshank in winter plumage. These birds are much more attractive than the normal redshank and have a certain elegance about them.

All that wading around must have been hard work and the bird soon came to stop, and stretched before settling down.

Meanwhile a small group of Greenshank were steadily making their way nearer and nearer to the hide.

They stopped briefly in front of the hide with their rapid probing of the mud.

It was not only invertebrates that were on the morning menu and this one came up with a small fish.

As quickly as they had arrived they had moved on, a brief moment but of sufficient time to at last gets some photographs of this beautiful wader.
As usual there were plenty of Little Egrets present to keep the camera entertained.




Pescalune said...

Waouh ! Your pics are Amazing ..... Phantastic !!

The Early Birder said...

Two very elegant waders superbly captured. I do wonder if the Little Egret in the final shot could actually see its own image!
Good conditions for reflections Richard. FAB.

MObugs said...

absolutely lovely photos, may favorite by far though is the last one!!! WOW!!! So beautiful.

Chris said...

Hi Richard,
These are exceptional shots. I love them all! A really good work there!

holdingmoments said...

Stunning shots Richard.
Not knowingly seen a Spotted Redshank before; I'm hopeless with wader ID's lol

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the replies. The spotted redshank are quite easy to tell apart particularly if you have a regular redshank alongside to compare with. The longer fine beak is a good i.d starting point.




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