Tuesday, September 12, 2017

πŸ“– Diary Update #53

πŸ’¨ ⛅19C Tuesday 12th September 2017 ~ An hour or so at Draycote Water this morning in rather breezy conditions, mainly to have another session on the new camera set up!

A little breezy for this newly arrived Meadow Pipit!
A short walk along Farborough Bank as far as the 'Spit', where conditions were pretty challenging for hand held shots. Meadow Pipits are starting to arrive now in small numbers, with four along the bank. The sky was awash with 100s of House Martins, with smaller numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins mixed in. At the Spit two Dunlin and four Ringed Plover, plus a further two Dunlin and single Yellow Wagtail on the walk back to the car park, along with Terry and Richard.

This juvenile Gull made navigating in the wind look a doddle!
Before heading off to complete some shopping chores I drove along to Grimsbury Reservoir in Banbury, around 12 miles from the marina, for a look at a Grey Phalarope, which was reported yesterday evening.

Grey Phalarope ~ Grimsbury Reservoir, Banbury
Thanks to some excellent instructions from Dennis Woodward I had no problems finding the bird, which was showing incredibly well! In fact, at one point the bird came so close I had to retreat several yards to achieve focus.

Grey Phalarope looking pretty exhausted!

Another shot of a very accommodating Grey Phalarope