I tell you more about the trip on my wordy blog - the post will be called Perimeter Walk - but for now I'll just post some of the birds I saw.
At this time of year the Islands were not over populated with birds - but we did find a rather splendid mixed flock of waders at one point. We normally don't get to see the waders in their breeding finery - they spend the summer with us, but head back north in our winter to breed. So most of the time while they are here they are in non-breeding plumage. (Of course its crazy to call it "winter" plumage as its our summer!)
|Mixed Flock - Red Knot (centre), Great Knot, Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper (yellow / green legs)|
|Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone on LHS|
|Sharp Tailed Sandpiper in front of Red Knot|
|Bar Tailed Godwit|
|Black-Winged and Banded Stilt.|
You can see that I have cropped these two images for effect. The second of these pictures is not the best in the world - but I have included it because it shows both Banded and Black Winged Stilt. The banded have an all white head and the adults have a chestnut breast band. The Black Winged have a black strip on the back of their head. There have been very few records of either species on the island and the Black Winged is a very unusual record.
There was a small flock (maybe 5) of Ruddy Turnstone at the back of the mixed wader flock - but they always stayed rather too far away.
There were always pelicans to be seen - the island has a breeding colony at the right time of year. And as we were leaving a Welcome Swallow perched up to say see you later!
So, all in all a good day. And I still have a few pictures up my sleeve!
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