Sunday, 25 August 2013

Quality waders at Black Hole Marsh...

Black Hole Marsh at Seaton has really started to pick up a great passage of waders in the last couple of weeks and not just quantity but quality too. An early morning Tweet from Tim White had me packing up the gear from the hide at Chard res and picking up Dave Helliar for another visit to the Marsh in the hope of connecting with a curlew sandpiper that Tim had just found. Our luck was in and it was still feeding with a small flock of Dunlin and just yards away a couple of little stints were still present too. Not only that, we were the only people in the hide! I don't think I've ever seen the place so devoid of people. Sadly the sandpiper was backlit from our position in the hide, so we had to open up the apertures on our respective cameras and hope for the best...

Curlew sand: R. Harris

Curlew sandpiper: Dave Helliar
Curlew sandpiper: Dave Helliar
Little stints: Dave Helliar

Little stints video: Roger Harris

Luckily fellow Chard birder Andy Grinter managed to catch up with them later in the morning and the light had improved then too -
Little stints: Andy Grinter
Little stints, Andy Grinter

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