Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Godwit and Avocet

Well its back to grafting to get bird pictures, compared to the in your face birding of Florida.
     Monday 15, and the forecast had predicted a dry day, but as I set off for Leighton Moss it was raining and blowing a gale, with 50mph signs flashing on the M6. However by the time I had crossed the boarder into Lancashire, the sun was shinning, although the wind was still blowing quite strong.
     The following pics were taken from the Eric Morecombe hide.

Black-tailed Godwit, this and all the birds were battling the wind and high water.

There has got to be something under here.




Brown bubbles from the bottom of the pool



Avocet trying to preen in spite of the strong wind.



and again looking for bird-gold below the surface
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday  http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.co.uk/

30 comments:

  1. both very handsome birds - even if they look goofy on occasion. :)

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    1. Thank you Theresa, and yes I see what you mean,
      Take care Gordon.

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  2. Great serie of photos, perfect for WBW!

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  3. Beautiful birds... We used to see avocets in California and Oregon, but I haven't been there at the right time for years now...so I might be remembering wrong, but I think ours were a reddish brown instead of black. But that distinctive shape bill is the same.

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  4. Really great photos of these birds! I never seen them in real :)

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  5. Lovely captures and love your Header. Have a great day!

    Shantana

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    1. Thank you for your comments and looking in you are my first visitor from that amazing country.
      Thank you again Gordon.

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  6. The avocet is one that I've never seen in person. Very impressive and striking bird. Lovely photographs, all!

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  7. Great photos. I especially like the Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage. We occasionally see them here in Australia but never in plumage like that.

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  8. Love the Godwit and the pretty Avocet. Both are great birds, wonderful photos.

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  9. I love the avocet's markings...around here these days, they're more brown/rusty on the heads. Great images.

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  10. Thank you all very much for looking in, much appreciated.
    Gordon.

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  11. Great shots! They are handsome birds.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for the comments, always welcome,
      Take care Gordon.

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  12. Love your birding pics Gordon. Wish I had a better lens in order to take more of them but needed the macro lens more. :)

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    1. Welcome Joan, and thankyou, I wish I had a better lens too ;-) I do believe you are my first visitor from that wonderous Continent, thank you again and spread the word.
      All the very best Gordon.

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  13. Brr! I can just feel the strong wind gusts while viewing your images. You captured excellent feeding behavior photographs of these very beautiful birds! Fantastic!

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  14. Yes I felt sorry for the birds, there was only one or two feeding most birds were sheltering.
    Thanks again Gordon.

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  15. Hello Gordon!
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog!
    It must have been wonderful to have a Jay as a pet, they are soooo clever!!
    What a great set of pics here! I still have to see a Godwit.
    Cheers and congratulations!

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  16. Hi there - I've spent more than a few hours in that hide! I used to call in on the way home from work! It was a bit of a side trip, but it was often worth it. It would be a huge side trip now!

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. fabulous series Gordon; I love both these waders

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    1. Thankyou Carole, you have some good pics too, I love the shorescapes.
      All the very best Gordon.

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  18. Neat shots of these birds! I love the Avocet photos.

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  19. Thanks for that young lady. and yes they are very smart birds, I hope to get more shots when the young have hatched.
    Thank you again, Gordon.

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  20. These birds are absolutely wonderful looking, you got some great images shared!

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  21. Any day bird watching is a good day! Very nice images, Gordon! The Avocet looks so delicate and that Godwit looks quite determined to get his meal.

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  22. Thank you both for your very kind comments, much appreciated,
    All the best Gordon.

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    1. Thank you Julie, you too have some excelent pics, and far more wide ranging than mine.
      Take care, Gordon.

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