Posted by: mynaturaldiary | November 15, 2011

Mr Fox

He was only 5m away, calmly walking by.

Eventually he turned around and stared.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Then he sloped off into the long grass and disappeared.

Elsewhere on the RSPB reserve at Saltholmethe waders reign supreme in the skies. Golden Plover, Lapwings and Wigeon rise into the sky as a threat stirs them into action.

They circle around before finding somewhere to land again.

High in the sky small groups of Golden Plover pass by.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

On the ground, Lapwings show well in the sun.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

As do an unlikely pairing of a Wagtail and a Starling.

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

More from the Starlings later…

On the waters were two delectable ducks, a Shoveler and a Pintail.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Pintail (Anas acuta)

Off in the far distance a flock of Greylag geese pass before the backdrop of Roseberry Topping.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

On a peanut feeder, a Great Spotted Woodpecker fed.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Finally as the light began to fade, another evening spent in the company of soup and Starlings. This time, from Haverton Hill.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

“The Twitchers report Starlings to the south west. Thousands of ’em.”

The birds settle in the reed beds before us onlookers and call noisily into the night for others to come down and join them.

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