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 Post subject: Avocets
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:07 pm 
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We went down to Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham yesterday to see what was about. Most of the birds were as expected but there were a lot of Avocets there. The tide was nearly full in the Exe Estuary by the time we had walked to the viewing point but we could see Avocets right on the far side. About half of them suddenly took off & made for the marsh several fields away, so off we went back the way we had come. We saw another batch arrive as we got there. They seemed a bit skittish & took off & settled again several times. It was a very long way away but worth taking some shots. We've never seen so many of them in flight before & were fascinated by the colouration on the wings. The black tips disappeared into the background making the wings appear white & square-ended. Here are a few cropped pics. Graham


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 Post subject: Re: Avocets
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:58 am 
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Nice! Amazing how numbers of these have taken off in the past decade. They've only been breeding in Hampshire since the early 2000s.

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