Friday, 5 October 2012

Red-necked Phalarope and Short-billed Dowitcher

A trip to Slimbridge with Gyorgy Szimuly (Szimi) gave Elis the potential for a lifer, the Red-necked Phalarope. We eventually saw the bird from the Zeiss hide but it was rather distant.
The small white bird with its wings raised in the middle
is the Red-necked Palarope
We had tried in vain to see the Long-billed Dowitcher which was relocated elsewhere, so after a quick chat with James Byron of the WWT fundraising team we headed south to Dorset once again to look for the Short-billed Dowitcher which would be a tick for Szimi. We arrived in the rain and whilst looking avidly for the bird skulking near the reeds we failed to notice it fly in and start feeding in open water, it retreated to the far bamk before Elis arrived with her camera, so only a dostant sot of it, worse than last time.

Short-billed Dowitcher
Also there was a Common Sandpiper at Lodmoor.
Common Sandpiper

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