Aug 152016

Sometimes when its quiet on the national birding front, it can be difficult to know what to do, if in doubt, fall back on some local birding. Thats exactly what I did on Sunday 14th August, spending a few hours during the morning at the Derbyshire Wildlife Reserve at Willington Gravel Pits. It’s usually difficult for photography here, but the reserve can often produce a few good birds, especially during migration time. This morning was no exception, as there was an obvious passage of waders, with 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 4 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe all putting in either a fly through appearance, or something a little longer. Also 13 Goosander, (fly through), 1 Little Egret, a Hobby, around 8 Common Tern, 7 species of warbler, single Sand Martin and the usual common stuff. Not a bad few hours had by all.

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Common Tern – Juvenile – Above 2 images – Willington GP, DWTR, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

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Grey Heron – Above 3 images – Willington GP DWTR, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©


Kingfisher – Willington GP, DWTR, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©


Common Snipe – Willington DWTR, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©



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  1. Good stuff..

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