Shibdon Pond is a reedbed pond four miles from where I live. In the summer common terns nest here and in the winter large flocks of waders congregate and feed. This week there have been hundreds of lapwing, four common sandpiper, six- eight black-tailed godwit, gadwell, redshanks, one juvenile dunlin, seven (visible) snipe and of course grey herons, cormorants, gulls and mallard. It is a place you never tire of visiting and it is only a mile or two from one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe, the dreaded Metro Centre!
A friend kindly gave me a telescope for my birthday and this has opened up another dimension (literally) to my birdwatching. If you have children who are interested in wildlife you can’t start too early; don’t give them toy binoculars or telescopes! Get them good quality optics and they will thank you for it!
two immaculate greenshank
painting their upside-down selves
in the still water
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I follow a strutting snipe
magnified forty times
its straw-brown camouflage
doesn’t fool me!
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and four hundred lapwings
shimmering in the still mirror
8 thoughts on “The Joy of Birdwatching”
Sounds a great local patch.
Last night I saw something I’d never before seen: A hawk and a raven hunting together as a team.
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That Must have been a mighty sight! I wish I could’ve been there! 🙂
Good image and interesting information Eric.
Afraid the image isn’t mine Bill! Anything new at Shibdon?
Latest count at Shibdon: 17 godwits, 600 lapwings! 2 common sandpipers, 1 ruff, 1 juv dunlin. 29/08/15
Gosh!! You’re so fortunate!! Enjoy!! 😉
I finally found the post lol