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Searching for something that doesn't go "quack".

Posted by on January 13, 2014 3:48 PM | 


Don't get me wrong; the spectacle of bazillions of wildfowl and waders at Marshside at the mo is just superb, but with a few hours to spare today I found a quiet bit of tidal wreckage beside the sandplant compound and checked for seed hunters.
Blackbird, Robin, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Goldfinch, Mipits and Pied Wags were foraging away, and once I'd hunkered down, they came quite close, lost in a world of flotsam, jetsam and free food.



Skylarks chirrupping overhead, and plenty of PInkies on the outer marsh, their dark heads and necks sticking up out of the vegetation.
I did have a butchers at Marshside Two, and very impressive it was too - a carpet of ducks and waders.
The feral Barnacle Goose was quite close to Sandgrounders, but as usual (or for the last 18 months or so anyway) rarely strayed more than a few inches from the attendant Canadas it hangs out with.


Likewise, the "little white goose" was schmoozing with the Mallards on the Sandplant Lagoon.
Thankfully, the Long Tailed Duck was surfacing on the Junction Pool for more than a millisecond at a time for a change, and I even managed to get a digiscoped shot of it (okay, I fired off 40-50 misses before I got this one, but ain't that the wonder of digital?)


Two Goldcrests joining the finch and titmouse blizzard around the feeders at Dempsey Towers this afternoon were good.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Male Blackcap coming to fat at Dempsey Towers, Ainsdale today. My first one here this winter.

John, female Goosander on Hesketh Park Lake about 1.30 this afternoon.

Finally managed an acceptable (to me) shot of the Long-tailed duck this afternoon, with my bridge camera. It very obligingly came close-ish to the viewing screen, and stayed "topside" for a good 7 or 8 seconds.
It still doesn't seem as as good as your digiscoped image John.
No matter how much I try I can't get clear digi-scoped pictures, just can't seem to sort out the knack of focusing.
I also had a leisurely walk around the Marine Lake - looks like the diver has gone.

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