Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 21, 2010

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To the RSPB reserve at Saltholme after all the Minnesota exotica. The summer birds are just about departing now, with the Common Terns already gone and the Yellow Wagtails still there.

Autumn passing birds have returned, with Dunlin a welcome sight on the mud flats.

In close up, their plumage looks magnificent.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Ruff have also returned.

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

Notice the slightly downward curving beak on the Ruff.

The third wader at the reserve were Redshank.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

This next photo shows a trinity of waders; Ruff, Redshank and Lapwing.

Lapwings have begun to flock over the reserve, big explosions rising into the sky in the presence of a threat.

Close up, Lapwings show iridescent blue/green in the sunlight.

One wandered close to the hide.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

This final sot shows a Lapwing wheeling in the air in display, in front of a Mute Swan on the water.

The Mute Swan seems to be present on the reserve at all times of year.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Greylag Geese have begun arriving in numbers.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Coots are always to be seen.

Coot (Fulica atra)

and Tufted Ducks were also there.

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

And in flight, a Wigeon.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

A Ringed Plover also made an appearance.

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Finally, the Dragonflies cling on, with a few still seen.

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