Last weekend I spent a rather disappointing morning at Minsmere, everything was very distant or against the light, I met up with Essex based wildlife photographer Dave Martin, who was having an equally bad day, he was asking if there was anything else around, all I could think of was the Iceland Gull at Lowestoft, then I thought Purple Sandpipers too, as they were very obliging last time I visited, but the light was horrendous.
So off we went to Englands most easterly point, Ness Point at Lowestoft, on arrival, there were a few birders there but no sign of the Iceland Gull, it had been seen briefly ten minutes before we got there, and was seen to head off towards Hamilton dock, so I decided to go and look for the Purple Sandpipers, I lifted my binoculars to a familiar looking bird on the sea, no sooner had I focused on the bird it was up and away, the unmistakable white wing tips, heading straight towards us, the Iceland Gull, it then landed on the roof of the Birds Eye factory and had a couple of short flights over the factory, always returning to the same place, however after the third flight it disappeared out of sight.
All in all a wonderful time was spent with these Beautiful little waders and some fantastic images to boot!
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Happy New Year All, As I mentioned in my previous post regarding the renamed Blackbird tree, well I can now safely say that is has now been re-christened "The Waxwing Tree" The series of branches set up by Minsmere's volunteers to look like an apple tree has finally been visited, witnessed, and photographed by myself (and many others) by WAXWINGS!!!!
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|All images from "The Waxwing Tree", Minsmere|