Monday, 28 November 2011

A couple of photos of birds

I thought I'd share Crafty Green Boyfriend's photo above, just to show the sheer number of birds that were around at Musselburgh Lagoons when we visited recently. The waders in the photo are bar tailed godwits and there are also gulls including herring gulls and black headed gulls. Everything in winter plumage of course.


Meanwhile below is another photo I took of the Canada Goose that seems to think it's a mute swan, which I previously mentioned here.



23 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Last evening, on our way home from a shopping trip which was especially tedious, we saw a hen harrier working a field - it made the whole trip worthwhile.

Lucy said...

Perhaps that goose is the ugly duckling in reverse...

Love that first photo.

Martha Z said...

Geese we have a plenty around here but no swans, mute or otherwise. They are beautiful birds.

Andrew said...

It's lovely to see your local wildlife..

Leena said...

I can imagine voices, which have to belong to first photo :) It is beautiful photo, perhaps more beautiful without those voices :)
Different kind of goose are flying over my homeplace or sometimes they are landing for a while during their migration. I hope, I can once see their landing :)
It was nice to see your photos here!

mick said...

Great to see large flocks of shorebirds and seabirds like that. Do the Bar-tailed Godwits spend the winter in your area? The ones that migrate down here for our Australian summer come all the way from Alaska.

Gary said...

Canada Geese can be a little like that!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ramb,ingwoods said...

I think that geese just like to be with other geese..amazing number of birds...Michelle

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is a lot of shorebirds. What a great sighting. I enjoyed the photos, thanks for sharing.

bunnits said...

Love the photos. In the past, I've had the opportunity to go with the kids on field trips to Wheeler Wildlife Preserve where they have a great viewing setup for watching waterfowl and a good education program. I think it's time for a trip on my own.

One said...

The goose is cute, swimming gracefully with the swans. Wonder if they are color blind.

Christina said...

Mr. Canada desperately wants to be a graceful swan. I hope he knows he is perfect as he is.

Great photos.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Great photos. The first really captures the number of birds diving and twirling over the shore. Perhaps the lone goose is just trying to make friends.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - the godwits are great - hard to understand how they can fly so far when they migrate.

Stewart M - Australia

Crafty Green Poet said...

Weaver - hen harrier, how exciting, a wonderful bird to see!

Mick - our bar tailed godwits are here for the winter. And Stewart - our godwits are different birds to your godwits, though possibly the same species.

bunnits - yes soundslike a good trip to make on your own!

Christina - yes the goose is perfect just as it is isn't it?

Cariol, Michelle - yes just making friends perhaps....

heyBJK said...

So many shorebirds! At least the goose has some friends! LOL

Hilke Breder said...

So much movement, so many white birds. beautiful blues - what a thrilling sight! Lovely image!

sunflowerkat321 said...

It's amazing to see a flock of shorebirds like this and the photo has captured it beautifully!

Pat said...

Lovely captures!

Springman said...

Neat pictures Crafty Green, Love the C. goose passing himself off as a swan. Those two species have there bad dispositions in common if nothing else!

Arija said...

Sometimes birds of any feather will stick together.
Nice combo.

Dave King said...

Love these. The top one particularly, sings to me.

Larry said...

Beautiful scenes Juliet! I love photos of flocks taking off like this. It certainly looks windy out there!