Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Wanstead Flats - "Golden" moments

I'm fully aware that when it comes to birding over at Wanstead I'm quite low down in the pecking order (bad bird pun) in terms of the amount of hard hours put in watching and walking the Flats or the Park, but since a change in fortunes in regards to work, my opportunities to go birding locally has significantly increased and although I've found little of local interest to write about - apart from finally catching up with an autumn Ring Ouzel and six possible Northern Pintail (distant views in poor weather) today I had a change of luck!

Nick had already scored early with Hawfinch again over the Esso garage copse and Brambling in with a flock of Chaffinches and just when I thought I'd missed the days best birds, out of the mist three Woodlarks virtually flew over me, calling softly to one another - to quote Jono "Patch Gold!" and then within a few minutes standing in the same spot I was looking skyward (thanks Mr Lindo) at the steady stream of Finches and Thrushes going over when I picked out a lone wader heading north-west! "Bloody hell a Wader" as the brain started to go into overdrive, I followed its path in my bins and then a second bird came into view and without doubt I was briefly watching a pair of Golden Plover flying high over the flats and out of sight....double "patch gold" - move over Mo Farah! It was at this point I remembered that I had new camera and lens hanging over my shoulder!!! Next time...

In time and with a new mindset I hope to bring one or two quality images of any future finds or sightings but until I get my head around the fact that I now have an additional birding tool to share my exploits -  you will just have to do with a Robin from my garden :-)

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