Posted by: mynaturaldiary | March 27, 2011

Distant Dazzler

A very rare visitor to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme made a welcome visit; a Common Crane. You can get some sense of his size by comparing him to the Grey Heron close by on the left hand side which flew in front of him.

The pictures (poor though they are!) were taken at a range of about 1 km. The Crane was on the ground for about an hour before being mobbed by gulls and forced to fly away.

Once in the air, his long neck and legs became even more apparent.

Crane (Grus grus)

Now on to some more regular birds on the reserve.  On the waters, a Coot.

Coot (Fulica atra)

And a Mallard.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

These birds are always on the reserve.

In the air were Wigeon.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Up in the trees on the feeders at Wildlife Watchpoint were Blue Tits.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Next Reed Buntings, both male and female.

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

On the feeders close to the visitors centre were Greenfinches and Goldfinches.

Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Finally, on the ground before the Saltholme Pool hide were Meadow Pipets.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

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