Tuesday, April 8

So did we or didn't we see an avocet?

No we didn't see an avocet we saw a few! Again they were a long way away. For those of you that know Slimbridge they were spotted from Rushy Hide. 

We even had a view of some in flight as they headed to who knows where.

For photography purposes we could have done with them a little closer. These were our best efforts.


These two babies - a mallard duckling and a coot chick - were close enough to make easier subjects.



 Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett



21 comments:

  1. Oh lucky you seeing that many avocets. We'll definitely have to make a trip there soon. I showed the biggest boy your kingfisher pictures and footage - he loved it. We always like to see the little duckies and chicks as well. In June there's a duckling week when you can go behind the scene and see the captive ducklings that they've reared, and that's really popular with all small people.

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    1. There were about 10 CJ but some took off and flew away whilst we were watching. There were only one or two young that we saw - we did think one of the avocets was either building or protecting a nest.

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  2. Lovely photos.. that duckling is so sweet, as is the coot chick with it's wacky hairdo :o)

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    1. Who could resist a duckling, Julie?

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  3. It was definitely a successful trip for you. How cute is that little duckling, he's so fluffy.

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  4. Lucky you, great photos. The baby birds are so sweet.

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  5. Your pictures are great Sue, you must have a long lens! I think we need to go back to Slimbridge sooner rather than later, lots of babies already!

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    1. There were just one or two early babies, Jessica

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    2. Should have said the lens is 60x optical and 120x if you stray into digital which gives blurrier photos unless you are really lucky. If something is a long way away I do usually take some at 120x just in case I get lucky

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  6. I love avocets- the elegance- the simple colouring! Saw them one years ago at RSPB Minsmere Norfolk- have tried to spot them ever since. And you have got some lovely pictures of them Sue!

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  7. You see the avocets quite well on your pictures. You are lucky to have see these. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Well the avocets are clear enough to make the photos interesting enough for me, lovely birds

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    1. I think them being black and white helps David

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  9. That baby Coot is adorable, looks like friar tuck. I don't think I've ever seen Avocets here although the other day we were passing Loch Stemster and 2 huge birds took off. They were'nt birds of prey, they were the size of Herons but were'nt Herons - same colour as the Avocets though. You were lucky to have seen them and to have gotten such fabulous pictures too :)

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    1. Avocets aren't as large as you may think Linda - about half as big as a heron

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  10. What a pleasure to see them, I did enjoy the video, such amazing beaks they have. We had one in the rescue once with a broken leg, the beak was rather terrifying then!
    How cute are the chicks....absolutely adorable.xxx

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    1. They reminded me of someone using a scythe as they swish the beak from side to side, Snowbird

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