RSPB..Marshside..Dunlin Roost

 It has been a while since I last posted.The weather throughout July was not good and August has not so far been much better.Consequently I haven't been out much with the camera.I always look forward each year to August as the waders return from Arctic breeding grounds to Lancashire's shores.I have not had much luck with sightings recently until that is last Saturday.

I had decided on a visit to RSPB Marshside where I hadn't been for a long time.My visit coincided with a high tide and strong winds following recent named storms hitting the North West.I walked along the old sand road about an hour before high tide.Soon the tide began to push in.Nothing much showed on my walk out.As the tide rushed in and I turned back I saw that behind me there was a decent roost of waders on the now partially flooded sand road.

I estimated there were two to three thousand dunlin roosting on the road and also a nice roost of oystercatchers.For the next hour or so I made the best of this surprise opportunity and took many images a selection of which are shown below.Later a couple of families approached the roost and the birds were disturbed and flew around before settling again.Two small children came in amongst the birds.I like to think they enjoyed the experience.Another family were also enjoying the birds and were equipped with binoculars and cameras and again budding birdwatchers enjoying the sight of thousands of waders performing for them.

An excellent day out and great to see all these waders back to spend the winter months on the Lancashire coast line.Hope you enjoy my images and I am sure I will be back soon to photograph some more.Meantime avoid any viruses and stay safe and well.Thanks for looking in.