Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Africa, Wittering and Sir Chris Bonington

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
On Monday I visited the eastern side of Pagham Harbour and enjoyed watching a Little Egret hunting below the dyke.  In the evening we enjoyed a brilliant presentation by Mike Mockler titled “Africa – 100 not out” at Arundel WWT monthly supporter’s meeting. 
Mike has led over 100 safari trips to Africa and is a superb photographer: 

  On Tuesday morning we headed to West Wittering beach and viewed the thousands of Brent Geese by the car park. There were plenty of Ringed Plover, Dunlins, Lapwings, Turnstones, Redshanks and Oystercatchers and some Meadow Pipits.
In the evening we attended a presentation by Sir Chris Bonington at Worthing. It was titled “My life and Times” and was a fascinating account of his climbing career from his first climb on Snowdon to Everest, Annapurna and The Eiger and finally his second climb on the Old Man of Hoy last year aged 80. What an inspiration he is.
Pagham Harbour east:
Brent Geese, Branta bernicla

Curlews, Numenius arquata
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta

Little Egret

Redshank, Tringa totanus
Teal, Anas crecca

Wigeon, Anas penelope
Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus

West Wittering:
Littlehampton sunrise
Dunlin, Calidris alpina
Dunlin and Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus

Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
Redshank, Tringa totanus
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
Turnstone, Arenaria interpres

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