Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 15, 2013

Sensations of gyrations

Flocks of Lapwings twist and turn in the skies above at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

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They carpet the grasslands before Saltholme hide

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Mixed in with the Lapwings are Golden Plover.

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Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

They also carpet the ground when resting.

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And take to the skies when they seem threatened.

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Barnacle Geese crossed the sky in a large flock.

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before resting on the grass.

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Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Canada Geese were also on the reserve.

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

A female Shelduck was on the waters before flying past the hide.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

There were plenty of Wigeon.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Shoveler were on the waters feeding.

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Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

As were Pintail, with the male showing its distinctive brown head with white neck stripe, and its long tail feathers.

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Pintail (Anas acuta)

Mallard are permanent residents on the reserve.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

as are Moorhen, with their red beaks.

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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

In the skies the silhouette of a Cormorant passed by.

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also a solitary Curlew, giving out its plaintive cry.

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Later a flock flew in.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Finally, on the feeders by the visitors centre were Starling.

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)


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