I went on an excursion to Ernesettle in Plymouth yesterday in search of the Lesser Yellowlegs. The sky darkened, a rainbow appeared, and by the time I'd made it down to the water's edge, the heavens opened. I wasn't sure if I was in the right place, but the tide was on its was out so I started scanning the mud from under my little collapsible brolly, which unfortunately lived up to its description & collapsed. The rain stopped as soon as I was wet, but at least my optics were still dry.
|Looking East along Ernesettle Creek|
A birding couple then arrived, followed swiftly by another chap, Tom, with his camera. Unfortunately the Yellowlegs didn't pop out again, so we moved further east along the bank in the hope of a better view. We could see further into the channel, but only saw Redshanks so headed back almost to the slipway again. And there it was! Directly opposite & much closer than before! This time I could see all of its features, including its white rump & barred tail. Unfortunately I only had my little Lumix 'point & shoot' camera with me.
|It was on the bank behind the spot ( a yellow wheelie bin!) in the rear channel|
|Here it is... photo taken by Tom Whiley (thanks Tom!)|
|South from Lopwell dam|
|Crossing the river involved a walk across the slippery causeway|
|The 'reservoir' is more of a marsh!|
|Out 'walking' the hawk.|