Light overnight frost. The morning heavy mist thinned slowly during the day, but the sun didn't quite manage to break through. Again almost breathless, very light variable breezes.
|Even with this level of detail and vivid colours, at first glance this bird is not obvious. |
It shows how well this camouflage works in this terrain, and how the birds trust its effectiveness
They remained on the marsh right up to high tide (9.7m) but here’s the thing, he was able to walk right up to them floating on the flotsam in the corner. He got as close as 1 metre and even said he felt he could have picked them up! He got the attached photos from point blank range and he said it was clear the birds were watching him.
|This is the foreshore bird - looking a bit tatty|
|It shows the various stages of head moult|
|You can see the radial motion as the Shelduck swung its head left and right to filter the mud.|
The smooth patches are what the rest of the beach looks like.
|This area must have been particularly productive.|
You can tell it's been a quiet day when a patch of mud tops the bill (pun intended)
|This shot of some of the Wood pigeon in the field next to Imperial Way|
pretty much sums up how the day felt.