Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 28, 2011

Passage pleasures

The RSPB reserve at Saltholme  gets rare passage migrants in the autumn.

Here’s some footage of a passing Spoonbill, taken at long range under windy conditions!

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

And there were more rarities, with Curlew Sandpiper displaying well.

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

They look similar to Dunlin, with a curved down bill, but tiny in comparison to the Ruff behind them. They get their Curlew prefix from the shape of their bill. Here are Curlews for comparison, which are enormous in comparison.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

In the background to the above picture are Canada Geese. They weren’t the only geese on the reserve that day, with Greylag Geese in the skies and on the ground.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Hunting low across the fields was a Sparrowhawk.

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

And high in the sky in amongst the tangle of chemical works and pylons was a Marsh Harrier.

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Ruff were present, close to Saltholme Pool hide.

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

Visitors to the Wildlife Watchpoint could see Goldfinches on the feeders. Here’s one, close to its chick.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

And on the ground beneath the feeding station was a Stock Dove.

Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

Flying over the waters were Sand Martins

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

Mute Swan families were on the waters.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Shoveler and Gadwall were on the Bottom Tank, by the Phil Stead Hide.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Finally, some pictures of a Little Egret that came close to Wildlife Watchpoint.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)


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