During a visit to my parents-in-law today on Hayling Island I was able to squeeze in an hour of birding around the old Oyster Beds before lunch. As it was already close to high tide I missed most of the wader movements and the very strong wind made hand-held photography practically impossible .... but you have to try ..... so here are some of the species seen.
A distant view of a flock waders, mainly Dunlin, moving to a fresh resting spot at high tide.
Distant Peregrine Falcon perched on one of the small islands still above water in the main harbour channel.
Little Egret hunkered down out of the wind.
There were at least half a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers seen inside one of the disused oyster bed 'bunds' and I waited for what seemed ages in the hope that one might drift closer but as usual that didn't happen so here are a few of the cropped shots.
Other species seen were Grey Heron, Brent Geese, Mallard, Wigeon, Little Grebes, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunnock, Greenfinch, plus of course a lot of very noisy gulls .... Black-headed, Herring and Mediterranean.
Wherever you are, have an enjoyable wildlife watching weekend. FAB.