Pagham Birder: The BlogA regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Saturday, December 23, 2017
....I looked up from my cosy log fire mid afternoon and was surprised to see a mass of white just offshore....diving Gannets!
I knew I had witnessed a similar flock of Gannets from the window before and having checked the diary noted a flock of 60 were seen on Christmas Day 2004!
Hoping to see them a little closer I wandered up the Spit but by this time they were off Selsey Bill .
However the two long stay Goosanders were in the main channel but soon made off at my approach.
A very Happy Christmas to one and all.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The light was good but the background of tarmac was not ideal. It was feeding along the pathway but I was able to obtain a few shots of the bird on the shingle but it was not an ideal setting.
There was little else of interest apart from a few raptors viewed from West Meads and the usual woodland birds...
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
...so it was back to Pagham to try improve on my previous efforts to photograph the Goosander and Long Tailed Duck neither of which materialised! In desperation I photographed a Herring Gull!
However as I turned away from the gull a Kingfisher suddenly appeared on the metal work at the harbour entrance and was much more obliging as it fished from the sea wall in the late afternoon light.
I approached cautiously and noticed she seemed to be yawning but in fact she was just about to eject a pellet which can be seen to the right of the bird as she turned her head away!
|Wonderful photographic subjects!|
...but saw me and dived
and surfaced a little way away!
By now the sun had gone down and a lone Grey Plover watched as I made for home.
So, a day of mixed fortunes ...but enjoyable, nonetheless.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
In the harbour several Great Crested Grebes
The resident Kestrel
...and a few Greenfinches.
On Saturday a Chiffchaff visited our beach garden
My Grandson managed to capture this Robin in our living room with a Canon 7D2 with 560mm lens!!
Christmas is coming!