• Displaying Oystercatcher

    A pair of oystercatcher engaged in a very noisy territorial display on the Conwy RSPB reserve.

  • Juvenile Oystercatcher

    A juvenile oystercatcher - the colour of the red eye, orange bill and pink legs are not fully developed - posing nicely on the Dove Point breakwater. Another oystercatcher and a redshank are having a snooze to its right and there are lapwing and dunlin in…

  • A Sky Full of Oystercatcher

    Part of the airborne oystercatcher horde at Hoylake Shore on the North Wirral Coast.


  • Hoylake Cormorants

    Whilst I'm used to seeing large flocks of gulls, oystercatcher and curlew at Hoylake I have never seen cormorants in such numbers before. As well as the cormorants the shot includes oystercatcher with a few scattered curlew in the foreground plus four s…

  • Taking Fright

    A small part of the mayhem caused by a misguided individual setting his springer spaniel onto the roosting birds. Burning energy whilst they should be resting and cannot feed (there's very little food above the high water mark) poses a significant risk to…

  • Hoylake Beach

    This was the scene this afternoon at Hoylake Beach on the North Wirral coast. Hundreds (I counted an estimate of 1300) of oystercatcher are slowly walking away from the rising tide in a scene reminiscent of the wildebeeste on the African plains. Between t…


  • Black-tailed Godwit Female in Summer Plumage

    A female black-tailed godwit who came nice and close to the Inner Marsh Farm hide at Burton Mere Wetlands. She was part of a foraging flock that included both sexes in breeding plumage plus a number of non-breeding birds who remained in winter plumage.

  • Black-tailed Godwit Male Summer Plumage

    A male black-tailed godwit who came nice and close to the Inner Marsh Farm hide at Burton Mere Wetlands. He was part of a foraging flock that included both sexes in breeding plumage plus a number of non-breeding birds who remained in winter plumage.

  • Black-tailed Godwit Winter Plumage

    A black-tailed godwit (could be either male or female) in the much plainer winter plumage coming in to land on Parkgate's Donkey Stand flash. Non-breeding birds stay like this through the summer.


  • Incoming Godwit

    Returned to Port Sunlight Riverside Park to discover that over night the local morons had wrecked virtually ever sign and visitor information display. It's been open less than a month. Some people! Black-tailed godwit numbers were also down from 5-600 to…

  • Black-tailed Godwit

    A black-tailed godwit displaced by the rising tide coming in to land in a reed bed clear of the water along Heswall Shore.

  • Godwit Reflections

    A flock of black-tailed godwit relaxing in calm conditions at Burton Mere Wetlands.


  • A Sky Full of Godwit

    Today's mission was to trial an EOS-600D body with the 100-400 lens as a 'lightweight' (everything is relative!) travel telephoto outfit. To fulfill this I went down to the newly opened Port Sunlight Riverside Park where there is a guaranteed supply of go…

  • Moorhen Aggro

    This group of black-tailed godwits were relaxing on the lake at Port Sunlight Riverside Park. However, a moorhen seemed intent on disturbing the peace by giving them random pecks sending them running off in different directions.

  • Godwit Reflection

    A black-tailed godwit, teal and lapwing looking almost surreal due to mirror-calm conditions on the Inner Marsh Farm flash.


  • Godwit Sparrowhawk Attack

    A flock of black-tailed godwit settling down after an attack by a sparrowhawk on the main scrape at Burton Mere Wetlands. The raptor can be seen in the background with one of their number in her talons. Also in the shot are teal, wigeon, shoveler, pintail…

  • Bar-tailed Godwit

    A small group of bar-tailed godwit sitting out the high tide - although one seems to have had enough - on Hoylake beach. The departing bird clearly shows the characteristic barred tail of the species without a trace of black - although there is some black…

  • Curlew

    This curlew wading in the mud beneath shallow water off the North Coast of the Wirral clearly shows the lack of bold stripes on its head.


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