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Monday, 23 November 2009

Branston Gravel Pits on 22nd November 2009

With evil weather around (wind and rain), it was never going to be a good day photographically. In the morning I was on one of Dave Scattergood's bird walks for East Staffordshire - this one to Branston Water Park. Plenty of birds were seen, including Water Rail, Snipe, Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Kingfisher, Redwing and Goldcrest, but no photos were taken. However, afterwards I joined Dave for a walk round Branston Gravel Pits (Dave's 'patch') and did manage a few 'record shots'. There were approximately 600 Golden Plover, 7 Green Sandpipers, 6 and 12 Curlew (on different waters), Redshank, Ruff, and Little Egret.
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Yellowhammer (male)
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Golden Plover
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Curlew

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