BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Simply the best....again.

And got some birding in too.


 Plover Scar and the Lighthouse. Pete Woodruff.

I don't ever recall Cockersands and its views ever looking as stunning as it did on Tuesday afternoon. I watched the 2.15pm ferry out of Heysham Harbour and the following hour and a half spent here until the sun started to disappear below the horizon was pure magic. You can see from the image above, the sea was flat calm with not a breeze and the whole feeling was of one to be experienced in spring with some good strong  warm sunlight to be enjoyed.

As the tide came in 130 Curlew, 60 Redshank, and 2 Snipe were slowly being pushed off the mud below Crook Farm, and at high tide most of the waders were seen feeding in fields, and a bird I awarded 'Best Of The Day' was a Ruff  with Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, and Lapwing. Five Red-breasted Merganser were off Plover Scar and a lone drake Eider seen, there are 'huge' numbers of Wigeon in the area this winter and I noted up to 5,000 recently. On Plover Scar I noted c.18 Turnstone with a single Grey Plover and c.20 Dunlin, c.170 Black-tailed Godwit went over and followed the River Lune upstream towards Glasson Dock.  

Dusk On The Red Stone. Pete Woodruff.


As the sun went down the red stone of the headland took on a richness in colour whilst the sea was like glass. I spotted 2 Little Egret by a ditch in an inland field, a Kestrel quietly perched in a bush, and the Peregrine Falcon was again perched on the lighthouse railings.  

Sundown. Pete Woodruff.


A typical sun setting in the west as seen from Cockersands....But I had started earlier in the day at Conder Green where I found 6 Little Grebe, 6 Snipe, 5 Goosander on Conder Pool. On the circuit I saw 2 Kingfisherup to 200 Teal, c.30 Goldfinch, a single Fieldfare and Reed Bunting, and a Sparrowhawk.

On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock I noted c.1,200 Golden Plover, c.90 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Goldeneye, and 4 Little Egret. On the canal basin - difficult to view against the sun - 2 Goldeneye and a drake Pochard.  

And finally....


Water Rail. Barry Dyson.

An image definitely not to be sniffed at, if only because here is a species regarded as secretive almost to the extreme and is one of the Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve residents noted for its elusive behaviour, but this Water Rail was out in the open off Pilling embankment and made itself available for photography on a rare ocassion. Thanks for this BD, taking this opportunity and using it to good effect. 

Did you 'clik the pik' ?

11 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Some very nice images you took today Pete :-) I loved the ''strong warm sunlight'' phrase - cant wait for that!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful places and nice rail water.. Regards.. :-)))

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete.How nice to see some of your images..your shots of Cockersands in the fabulous light are stunning.The sunset one is definitely my favourite but all are wonderful...and a good day's birding as well.Brilliant..well done.

Alan Pavey said...

Some beautiful shots there Pete, brilliant!

Noushka said...

Your photos of the sea and the sunset are breathtaking indeed!
How lucky you are tobe able get to shore!
Cheers Pete and enjoy your WE!

Christian said...

You've got an eye for those landscapes, Pete! Stunning work.

Pete Woodruff said...

Appreciate your comments all....Thanks.

Gary Jones said...

A great days birding and a couple of cracking photos to boot, great stuff Pete

Richard Pegler said...

Those seascapes are fabulous Pete. I'd always thought that you needed drama in a seascape, but I can see that I was totally wrong. The serenity of these is utterly beautiful!

Tim Crossley said...

Fantastic pics Pete!

Pete Woodruff said...

Gary/Richard/Tim....Thanks for compliments on the pics, the sort of reviews to help keep up the momentum.

Tim....Long time no hear, will send you an e-mail.