Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Long Nanny











I was fortunate that the lesser grey shrike lingered for a couple of more days. After work today I drove up to Newton links to see the bird. It's a poor excuse to visit this area to see a rare bird as the links have some wonderful flowers at present such as Bloody cranesbill, Houndstongue and Burnet rose adding plenty of colour to this beautiful landscape. The last time I came here was to see some Shore larks. The Shrike was magnificent and favoured the fenceposts just metres from the path. It was uttering a scratchy, almost inaudable song. I visited the Tern colony just around the corner and there were hundreds of mainly Arctic terns and many Little terns. While I was there a fine Roseate Tern flew in and landed among the Arctics. I have included only two of the many shots I took. The Shrike in song emphasising how close I was to it and the Roseate with Actics and the cropped shot you can make out the grey rings on its legs.

6 comments:

Mary said...

That first bird is very beautiful...love the soft color on its breast.

Boulmer Birder said...

Nice one Nigel...have you sorted your email problems?

abbey meadows said...

I have sent you an email. Emails are fine but for some reason I am not receiving attachments.

abbey meadows said...

Thanks Mary. Shrikes are beautiful birds. We don't have any shrikes breeding in this country. They are all rare visitors so when one turns up many birdwatchers will travel good distances to see them. You can see why.

Steve said...

Great picture of the Shrike...really shows off the pinkish breast. really enjoyed reading through your blog!

Kingsdowner said...

Breathtaking!