Thursday 13 September 2012

Be careful what you wish for...

Titchwell again! We love that place and this time we twitched the Baird's Sandpiper.
Baird's Sandpiper
 This is only the second Baird's I have seen and a lifer for Elis, so despite not getting feather perfect photos it was still a very successful and enjoyable day with the bird performing very well and giving cracking scope views.

Baird's Sandpiper

Sadly it didn't come very close in the four hours we were there causing Elis to wish that a raptor would fly over and cause the bird to come closer to enable her to get better shots.
Baird's Sandpiper
We had missed lunch so dared to leave the hide for a dash back to the visitor centre where we availed ourselves of the delicious home made scones. Upon returning to the freshwater marsh, as we approached the hide it seems that Elis got her wish, a Hobby was stirring up all the waders. Elis took the shot below. The dot to the lower right is the hobby, and when we enlarged that portion, although the quality was not good the bird did seems to eating something in its talons.

The Baird's was never seen again... do Hobbies eat shorebirds?
Was this the Baird's being scoffed by a Hobby?

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