Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 26, 2010

After the Equinox

There’s a distinct Autumnal feel to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

Lapwings once again circle in the sky

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Mixed in their number are Starlings (the smaller birds!)

These are easily recognisable on the feeders.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Also seen in the air with Lapwings were Golden Plover. Here’s a photo of them on the ground in front of a Lapwing.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Little Egrets were seen over the reserve. These shots were taken at Wildlife Watchpoint, the hide nearest the visitors centre. Their green legs and feet make a constrast to their white plumage.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

There were plenty of waders on the ground and in the air. First, Black-tailed Godwits.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Dunlins were also there.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

This juvenile Dunlin looks qquite pale brown in comparison to the adults.

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

In the very far distance (too far to photograph 😦 I saw a Little Stint. Closer in, there were rarer visitors; a pair of Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

They are quite distinguishable from Redshank, who have far redder legs, shorter beaks and browner plumage on their backs.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

And here’s a well camouflaged wader , a Snipe, hiding in the long grass.

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Teal dabbled at the waters edge.

Teal (Anas crecca)

Gadwell looked especially beautiful in the sunlight.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Shovelers were on the waters.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Diving and surfacing were Little Grebes.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Coots and Moorhens were seen from Wildlife Watchpoint.

Coot (Fulica atra)

Coots have white bills, whereas

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Moorhens have red bills and striking green legs.

Goldfinches were also showing well from this hide.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Finally, a Meadow Pipet. These were all over the reserve.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

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