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29th September 2016 – New Passage

A really pleasant hour spent at New Passage on the Severn Estuary this morning.

Redshank, flocks of Wigeon in the distance and a few closer up, Turnstone, Curlew, Little Egret, Grey Heron and spectacular Black-tailed Godwit in flight in front of the Old Severn Bridge. Even a Red Admiral before I took any of the birds. I would have loved to spend more time but the problem with retirement is that you never have enough time.

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26th September 2016 Pilning Wetlands

When I arrived at New Passage there were a few drops of rain, but I managed to get some lovely views of 2 Wheatear.

I beat a hasty retreat to the car when the rain increased but I ventured out again shortly after to get some shots of a Robin (looks as though it had been migrating), Canada Geese, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, 2 Little Stint, several Grey Heron and an Egret. Also saw 400+ Widgeon but too far away for my lens.

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Spain September 2016

Not a birdwatching holiday but you don’t stop looking and where the opportunity presents you click a few times.

The best were the White Storks and the birds of prey seen from the motorway driving from Santander to Salamanca but not much opportunity to take photos at 120 kph.

In Salamanca lots of House Martins.

The best opportunities for photos  were on the Galician coast where we saw Black Redstart, Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers and a Whimbrel. The most startling photo for me was when I photographed an Egret on the Rías Baixas and found that there was also a Kingfisher in the shot.

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Disappointingly we didn’t see much on the sailing out across the Bay of Biscay (only a few whales blowing and some dolphins in the distance) and nothing on the way back as we were not allowed on deck as it was too stormy. A Gannet up close as we approached Portsmouth but no camera to hand.