Saturday, 3 August 2013

Saturday on the Patch

An obliging Green Sandpiper at the Ponteland Hide, Hauxley.

The morning started well with the Spotted Crake, 4 Ruff and a stunning Peregine. I watched it fly straight towards me attempt to take a duckling, sweep around and then fly right over my head less than 10m above. Through the bins its eyes were looking straight at me as it flew over. Amazing. I had time to get the camera ready but was much more interested in watching the spectacle. A good indicator of Peregrine activity is that the lapwings always go very high and stay in the air for a long time.

Finally a stop at Druridge for aWood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers and 12 Snipe. A few chores to be done before a return visit early afternoon?

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