Sunday 27 April 2014

Collared Pratincole at Northam Burrows

Second time lucky for Bun and me today after our unfortunate dip on Tuesday. As soon as we arrived at Northam Burrows we could see a line of birders watching the bird out on the golf course. We joined them and enjoyed superb views for the whole time we were there, it even had a couple of  nice fly arounds. It was feeding alongside several Wheatears and seemed to be catching plenty to eat. It was always a little too distant for the 400mm lens but I was able to get some digiscoped shots too. A species I've been looking forward to getting on my list and that's where it now is at No.349. I wonder what 350 will be?

Collared Pratincole

 The above shots were all digiscoped, the following ones I took with the 400mm lens which didn't quite have enough reach but it was still nice to be able to get some flight shots.

While eating my sandwiches some pink flowers caught my eye, I didn't recognize them, turns out they are Common Storksbill.  Yes, they're common, the clue is in the name after all. I must have seen them before but never really 'looked at' them if you know what I mean. I'm planning on seeing or should that be 'noticing' many more plants this coming season.

Common Storksbill


JRandSue said...

Wow,well done you,fantastic images.

Tim White said...

Have you thought about getting a 1.4x or 2x extender for your lens Karen?

Dave Stone said...

Hi Karen , superb shots of the Pratincole , well done !

Dave Stone