Andy Bate e-mailed me earlier today with this nice package of Kingfisher shots from Mere Sands...all very purty, but I'll let Andy (link to his site on the right) explain, while I get back to work.
"I've not fallen off the face of the earth, just been busy doing non bird (feathered anyway) photos!
Anyhow, started doing some one to one days and here are some photos from yest at mere sands.
Heard a rumour via jungle drums and various other idle pub chit chat that the Kingfishers were showing well from the Rufford Hide ... thought I'd check it out, wasn't expecting much as perches around that area are hidden from hide view usually ..... that is unless someone plonks a wacking great stick in the water about 50 yards from the hide, perfect!!!
I'm sure that stick hasn't been there all this time, tell me diff if it has, anyway attached are some photos from my session.
Hope you like
Indeed I do like Andy, but I have to point out that chit chat in the pub is rarely idle (ah, the words of wisdom amongst the pints), and your pics take my mind off the complete lack of wind for seawatching at present - Bazzo may have a crack tomorrow, but after that it'll be useless till Sunday at least -what a waste of good tides...although the RSPB/Merseyferry jaunt may do better out in the bay today and tomorrow.
Stranger things have happened...like the truly gobsmacking report of 30 (yes,30) Glossy Ibis seen flying north west over Hale in Cheshire this morning.
Maybe the Marshside bird has come back with his mates!!!!!
Without a good hooley, I suppose there's always the wader roosts between Ainsdale and Birkdale to play with (assuming they're not flushed by dogwalkers, microlights, horseriders etc etc).
Few Peacocks, Holly Blues and Red Admirals at Dempsey Towers now, shame the buddleia's just about gone for a burton.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...