Thornwick Pool, Flamborough is a conservation site, the result of collaboration between the caravan park owner and a few keen local birders FBO, YCN and GFB. It’s a chance to create a special wee wetland. Still in infancy a trickle of migrating waders has begun to show up. With a few Dunlin on/off in last week or so, yesterday the game went up a notch with a young Wood Sandpiper and 2 juvenile Green Sandpipers. Mostly in a corner giving fine ‘scope views but too far for a DSLR camera except when the 2 Green Sands came close up outside the new hide. So I thought I would see what digiscoping could capture and compare: the sandpipers were photographed yesterday evening in rather grey, sub-optimal light conditions
(above). 2 juvenile Green Sandpipers, Thornwick Pool, Flamborough, 21 July 2013. The lower photo shows the bird calling, in seeming- ‘lets get migrating’ rally call. Shortly after both took off and flew south over the headland. Taken with DSLR kit: Canon &D and 400 f5.6 lens.
Juvenile Wood Sandpiper (above). Thornwick Pool, Flamborough, 21 July 2013. Digiscoped shot on poor light. canon S95 through Swarovski ATX 95. OK but still distant and poor light kept me from getting much more magnification as bird constantly moving hence slow speed and blurry photos.
This is why I love what can be done with video and digiscoping. Poor light but nevertheless a very acceptable burst of footage. Normal better on VIMEO it’s not workin’ so have put on Youtube.
Adult Dunlin also from the hide a few days ago. rather long-billed suggesting nominate ssp. alpina, however the upperparts pattern (and timing) were perhaps more in accordance with shinzii. Perhaps wont’ push too hard with this one.
Pair of Herring Gulls, which ‘live’ right near the seawatch point on outer head, Flamborough. Curiously one has dark left iris and normal paler right iris, and the other is couple shades darker (most obvious in overcast, flat light).