Saturday, 20 October 2018

Coastal Surprise.

During a very recent camping holiday in the New Forest we made a visit to Keyhaven Marshes and spent a few hours wandering along the coastal path.

Pied Wagtail

Numerous individuals were seen feeding and flying around the muddy margins at Keyhaven harbour.

One of two Northern Wheatear seen along the shoreline feeding up before continuing their southerly migration.


Little Egrets - Fishing and flying.



Black-tailed Godwit

The inland pools produced sightings of various waders including Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and a very brief visit by a Temminck's Stint but the most exciting sighting was of two juvenile Grey Phalarope.

[Juvenile - 1st Winter] Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaius)

This small wader, similar in size to a Dunlin, is listed in most guides as a Red Phalarope but commonly referred to as the Grey. Distinguished from its close relative, the Red-necked, by its slightly thicker bill and pale grey scapulars.


Linking to:
Saturday's Critters


10 comments:

  1. You saw great birds there. Wonderful photos.

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  2. Great photos!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Hello, wonderful variety of birds. I love the egrets and wagtails. The Grey Phalarope is a favorite, great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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  4. The New Forest is an excellent place for birds Frank. Very jealous of the Grey Phalarope, as I missed the many that were around recently. A good looking Wheater there too.

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  6. That was a place certainly worth visiting Frank. Are Phalaropes breeding in the UK now or is this bird on migration? Have a great week ahead

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  7. Hi Frank, I was there myself at the beginning of September.

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  8. Beautiful birds, great shots.
    Have a nice weekend
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