The impatient birdwatcher

While advocating patience and care in approaching wild birds I don’t always set the best example. The thrill of seeing a rare or unusual species, should ideally be balanced with a slow, cautious approach for better views, or a photograph. Such was the case when I spotted these two Greenshanks Tringa nebularia at Cairn Curran earlier in the week. This species is notoriously nervous and while the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers allowed a close approach, the Greenshanks would have none of it. I managed to get one distant photograph of them before they departed – one of the birds is more strikingly marked, perhaps with the vestiges of breeding plumage.

Greenshanks

Greenshanks, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 30th December 2014.

There was a nice assortment of other less flighty birds around to observe and photograph.

SilverGulls

Contrasting plumage and eye colour amongst these Silver Gulls.

Caspian

Caspian Tern alighting on the mud flats.

STS

A trio of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers – actually a quartet but one is out of frame.

2 responses to “The impatient birdwatcher

  1. lynette amaterstein

    Thanks Geoff, great pics . Happy New Year.
    Lynette & Harley

  2. I think there’s a lot of skill in sneaking up on a wary bird. I love your photos. I rarely seem to be ready to take photos when there’s an avian drama going on.

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