Tuesday 21 July 2009

Collared Pratincole at High Eske

The Collared PRatincole re-emerged at High Eske this morning and I was fortunate to be able to get there by 10.15. I spent three hours looking at the bird and was one of a lucky few to see it do something other than loafing on the deck. a few hops along the spit gave brief biews of a chestnut underwing and a white trailing edge to the secondaries. Alayed with the long tail both oriental and black-winged were ruled out. Sadly. At the site I bumped into several birders I know and met Andrew Tongue for the first time - he refound the bird (with Grace). I have included some bad photos as it was darkish and the bird was quite distant. Also on site were a couple of little egrets, a male ruff, LRP, Common Sand, 2 1st Winter Little Gulls and a Common Tern that seemed to drive Garry Taylor nuts as it got so close to photo. Also we observed one of the few meetings between Goldeneye and Collared Pratincole.

Apologies for the heavy breathing on the pratincole video.

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