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Twite-tastic Rich Steel gallery

Posted by on January 12, 2009 7:29 PM | 

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Another superb portfolio of shots from Rich Steel, this time of Twite feeding on the shoreline at Thurstaston on the Wirral.
"Attached some photos of the small flock of Twite that have been lurking around Thurstaston recently. First time I have managed to put some in front of the lens", Rich explains.
"They weren't very obliging but patience was eventually rewarded".

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I've often wondered what weird photographic hoodoo voodoo Rich uses to get shots like this of particularly awkward critters like Twite, I'd have to introduce a bit of superglue to a few pebbles to get this close...
Interesting that none of them appear to be ringed over on Wirral?
Many thanks as usual for sharing Rich.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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The BTO has just published the results of the first UK-wide surveys of Ringed Plovers and Little Ringed Plovers since 1984.
There's good news for Little Ringed Plovers (almost doubling numbers) but there were disappointing numbers of Ringed Plover (dropping from an estimated 8617 pairs to 5438 pairs).
Little Ringed Plovers first bred in the UK in 1938, since when they have been well protected by conservationists.
According to the last BTO survey in 1984, the estimated population was between 608 and 631 pairs, but the 2007 survey came up with a figure of 1115 pairs.
The core range of the species remains from southeast England, through the Midlands and into the northwest, but the species has spread further into Wales, northern England, and south and east Scotland since 1984.
UK numbers of Ringed Plover have fallen from an estimated 8617 pairs in 1984 to 5438 pairs in 2007.
The falls have not been uniformly spread across the UK:
England - down by 47%
Wales - down by 6%
Scotland - down by 41%
Northern Ireland - down by 66%
The biggest concentrations of Ringed Plovers are in Scotland, particularly the machair habitat of the Uists and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.
In other regions, Ringed Plovers are found nesting on sand and shingle beaches. These coastal areas are being squeezed as sea levels rise and nesting birds are susceptible to disturbance by holidaymakers and their dogs.


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