Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wryneck - Jynx torquilla

Very camouflage Wryneck !

Date: 31st August - All Day
Location:  New Passage - Chew Valley Lake
Observation:  We popped to Severn Beach (New Passage) to try and get these 'confiding' Wood Sandpiper and the Wryneck was was spotted that day. We got there a few hours after high tide, but there were still lots of waders and birds feeding the mudflats. Mostly Dunlin with a few Redshank, Ringed Plover and Turnstone. As we come around the corner, we seen 20+ birders, where we quickly realized all of which were looking and photographing the Wryneck, it was sat in the first house on the sea wall, in the garden fairly close. We stayed there for around 30 minutes, the light was in the wrong place by then so decided to walk around and find these Wood Sandpipers, last time we went we couldn't even count them as a record shot as they were too far for our 400mm. A small group of birders seen it get flushed by the farmer, and were looking for it, to no success unfortunately, but were told that morning they were very close and confiding! Always the way! We slowly had a wander back along to the sea wall to find the Wryneck again, it wasn't there when we first arrived and stayed for around 40 minutes, and decided to leave it, just as we were leaving we spotted it! Back in the original garden, most birders had given up and gone by then, so did come quite a bit closer, but mostly stayed in the shade feeding. After a good 100-150 shots we left and drove down to Chew Valley Lake, in hope to see the Spotted Crake, no luck there either just the normal ducks and birds there with 50+ Pied Wagtail along the dam wall and at least 3 Grey Wagtails. Overall a very nice day talking to some nice birders and seeing some lovely birds! Now to edit over 200 images!
Weather:  Blue Sky, Sunny + Warm
Other Species: Dunlin, Sanderling, Greylag Goose, Wryneck, House Sparrow, Wheatear, Turnstone, Redshank, Mallard, Teal, Little Egret, Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Buzzard, Ringed Plover

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