Friday, 19 December 2014

Kingfishers and Lapwings

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
On Wednesday in poor light I visited The Burgh again and met one other birder. We saw one Short-eared Owl briefly. Yesterday was drizzly so I decided to hunker down in the hides at Arundel WWT. I managed to get videos of the Kingfishers landing and taking off at the Ramsar and Sand Martin hides and met Russ in the Scrape hide. The Lapwings gave a good aerial show and at one time the huge flock of Black-headed Gulls took off and wheeled around the lake in front of the Sand Martin hide. Water Rails showed well.
 Kingfisher video at the Ramsar hide: click here
 Kingfisher video at the Sand Martin hide: click here

Short-eared Owl at The Burgh area, Asio flammeus
view of the The Burgh area from Arundel WWT
Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gulls
female Blackbird, Turdus merula
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Kingfisher - specks seen from the Ramsar hide as it moved from perch to perch:

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus

Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna

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