Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve

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Avocets, Blacktoft Sands.
Despite living relatively close by I had never visited Blacktoft Sands before and decided that it was well overdue for some attention. I set off early on a fairly overcast Saturday morning full of anticipation. It was an easy journey and I was soon settled into the first of the hides. As I approached the hide I was treated to a cacaphony of noise from the black-headed gulls who were loudly advertising their presence. There was a large number of waders here including about 50 avocet and the same number of black-tailed godwit resplendent in summer plumage. There were also a few spotted redshank and ruff also sporting summer colours as well as many others. Unfortunately they were all rather a long way away for my 100 - 400 lens and the light was poor. Not discouraged however I visited the other hides where I hoped to get views of some of the 7 pairs of breeding marsh harriers. They were playing hard to get however and I only managed distant views - exciting none the less.

Again an excellent and rewarding day.