Posted by: mynaturaldiary | November 20, 2010

Something special at Saltholme

Lapwings and Golden Plover are in the skies in their thousands at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

They draw a line through the sky.

Only as the birds get closer against the backdrop of Roseberry Topping, the local natural landmark can you make out details.

The sound of their wings fills the air.

The plover twist and turn in the sky to avoid an unseen predator.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Mixed in the Golden Plover are Lapwings.

On the ground, the Lapwings still congregate with Plover

and on their own.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

In the grassland opposite the Saltholme hide were Curlew.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

And flying was a Grey Heron.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Teal were on show at Wildlife Watchpoint, the hide closest to the visitor’s centre at Saltholme.

Teal (Anas crecca)

And in the distance, Pintail.

Pintail (Anas acuta)

Pochard were also there.

Pochard (Aythya ferina)

And finally, in the far distance, a Cormorant.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)


  1. Ian,
    had a look at your blog with Elinor. Great pictures and commentary! Keep up the good work . Adrian & Ellie, Great Ayton.

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