weve had wader-fest,now its tern fest.
ariving from the main entrance we started walking towards the lake.a few pigeon were on the field but a bit distant.looking through my bins i could pick up 2 stock doves.walking slowly towards them with my friend camera.i got this shot,before hearing an exited yell from my friend that he'd just seen a slow worm.i joged over and he said it had dissapeared,but as it went into dense undergrowth,and i had a huge earge to get to the lake to see if the 2 common terns were still here.a quick check of the small fishing pool got us 4 reed warbler and a whitethroat.
then over the wooden bridge thing(not really a bridge just a few planks of wood).then down the gravel bank to the waters edge to view the rocks.nearry fall flat on my face but managed to stand up.then looked over the lake and...god damm
thats a lot of terns,at this point i counted 16 commons in the air and i had a shout from my friend calling arctic,but on getting onto the bird he said was an arctic it was a deffo common tern.
after my friend taking some pics,we resumed our walk,next stop the scrape island.my friend fell behind but when i got over to the island i imediatly saw a wader scuttle away to the opposite water edge,just out of view.i quickly called my friend and again used his camera(my camera doesent have much zoom and i need my scope to take close pics).we waited a few minuites before his head popped out and i got a pic:
(stop press,1st pic)
than it ducked down again and we had to wait again.after another few minuites he came out and shown himself to be a summer male of the 'schinzii' race.he gave a good op to get some good photos:
then giving my friend his camera back i turned my attention to the terns.there were 19 terns flying and 4 landed on the island.looking through the terns i picked up 2 odd ones with longer tail stremers flying together.they looked darker than the commons and had a plainer outer primarys or 'hand'. the underwing it was a pale white/grey,with all the primarys been translucent with a thin blck line on the trailing edge of 'hand'.they were too distant to see anything other than the red bill(too far to tell for the black tip).at this point we were thinking arctic,by the compact structure and basic shape.after a few minuites of watching them they suddenly came in closer and lookind as if they were landing on the island but at the last second a woodpigeon flew through and flushed all the terns,but in the time they were closer i noted the all red bill which was noticably shorter than the acompanying commons.at this point we were confident enough to put the news out as 2 adult arctic terns(we had give the dunlin news out earlier).after a good hour watching the terns and dunlin we decided to walk on to see if we could find anything else.not a long way up the path we flushed 2 birds from the bank,that flew off so quickly,these later turned out to be 2 common sands,they flew off so quick i didnt have time to note the wing bars.at first i was sure we had green sands,by the lack(or what i thought) of the wing bars,they flew some distnce to the 'doulder island and couldent be refound.on a quick check of the chemical pool we had a lesser whitethroat near the path along the railway line.we walked back to the dunlin,who was still there and showing well but there was only 16 common terns left and no artics.not long after this a common sand flew on the island and i managed to get one pic,which i am not wlling to show(but its on birdfourum).highlights are:
3 little grebe
1 ruddy duck
2 common sand
21 common tern
2 arctic tern
2 stock dove
2 sand martin
1 lesser whitethroat
6 reed warbler
the arctic terns were again reported presant at 6pm that night.not a bad day i think.