Posted by: mynaturaldiary | October 31, 2019

Whatever the weather

Being a hide guide means you’re on the RSPB reserve at Saltholme, whatever the weather. In this case it went from good to bad (rainstorm), but the birds got on with it, regardless.

First, a fabulous Water Rail, seen from the Wildlife Watchpoint hide.

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

Mallard were also seen from the same hide.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Close by in the Phil Stead hide were Snipe.

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Black tailed Godwit were also seen from this hide.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Curlew were looking good.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Wigeon numbers continue to build. Here’s some preening.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

And still the geese flew into the reserve.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

On the ground were Canada geese

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

and Barnacle Geese

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

together with Lapwing,

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

also Golden Plover.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Whooper Swans flew in

and endured as the rain began to fall.

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

The geese hunkered down.

as did the Golden Plover.

Even the Black headed gull in winter plumage looked soggy.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

And the Little Grebes, true aquatic birds, took the rain in their stride.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

If it was too much, like a submarine, they could dive underneath.

(and now, to close with, mega rare shots of your humble correspondent, on duty.)

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