Sunday, 31 October 2010

Brancaster Grey Plover

As lunchtime approached on Wednesday Adam and myself decided to pull into Brancaster Staithe to eat and mess around photographing Turnstones. It was only a matter of weeks ago that i first visited the harbour here on the recommendation by a lady at Titchwell and now i know why! You can sit in your car and take a break and still have birds all around you allowing for some relaxing photography. The Turnstones at this site are very tame and are clearly the main attraction for close encounters but there are also good numbers of Redshanks, Dunlin, Curlew, Egret, Ringed Plover, Gulls and Oystercatcher around and often some of these can come close too! On this particular day we were lucky to have a Redshank venturing close when suddenly we noticed this Grey Plover...

This species doesn't always allow for close encounters so we were very excited and positioned the car hoping he'd come round from behind the upturned boats. After a few minutes we noticed that something wasn't right, he was dragging one of this legs and keeping it lifted for extended periods of time. This is always a real sad thing to see and no-one wants to see an injured bird and photographing it would then become a less enjoyable experience. However, it soon became apparent that although injured this bird wasn't "ill", he was still moving around (although rather gingerly) and was busy feeding. He kept to himself but was slowly coming close to our car, we couldn't help but watch and photograph him and after a while we realised that he was at a disadvantage in life but that wasn't stopping him living it, occasionally he put his leg down and used it so we do hope that it was a minor injury that may heal. He kept coming closer and allowed us the chance to spend some time with a bird rarely confiding, it was a real joy and we hope he continues to live a good standard of life.

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