Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Grafham again

For the fourth time this year I was lured back up to Grafham Water.
This time to see a couple of seabirds that had been blown inland by last weeks storms and had hung around since.
 Taking an extended lunch-break, I had expected these birds to give me the runaround, but as it turned out, they were both found within a couple of hundred yards of the visitor centre.
 The first was a cracking adult Sabines Gull, swimming just off of the dam wall and giving amazingly close views. Sometimes it would fly off but always returning to the same area.

Sabines Gull

 The second bird was this fine winter plumaged Grey Phalarope that was patrolling the dam in roughly the same area, again giving really close views.

Grey Phalarope

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