Sunday, 6 December 2015

4th Time lucky!

Since it arrived three weeks or so ago the Long-billed Dowitcher at Cresswell has been staying well out of camera range.  On my previous three visits it was either on the West shore or not there at all.  However on Friday there were good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank and Lapwing on the sand in front of the hide.  The Dowitcher was mainly hanging around with the Snipe close into the reeds to the right of the hide and out of site, although it did venture out onto the sand a couple of times, allowing me to grab a few record shots in fairly good light.  

There was also good numbers of Teal and Wigeon on the pond with the odd Shoveler, Goldeneye and Tuftie.  A Kingfisher and a Water Rail also showed briefly before a Jack Snipe appeared out of nowhere and bobbed its way across the cut reed area and disappeared into the reeds on the right of the cleared area.   

A cracking mornings birding at Cresswell!!