A Wildlife Wander
Spent a few hours with a nature & wildlife group meeting up at Keyhaven Marshes near Lymington along with a couple of bird watchers who bought along their telescopes for us to use.
Black backed gulls and then rock pipit were our first sightings. Then two peregrine's were seen and with some of the crowd keeping an eye on them we did get to see through the telescopes them sharing their catch; no chance with the naked eye and not much better with the camera (middle right)! The sea wall walk was hard going at times with the cold easterly wind today but still lots of birds to see. Widgeon, grey plover and dunlin (top row) were near enough to get some pictures plus pintails and teal further off in the lagoon. Heading inland there were golden plover (middle left) seen clearer through the telescope all lined up until something spooked them and off they flew and then it was time to head back to the cars to warm up.
Whilst I was down there I thought I may as well check the birding app and seeing that we'd just missed out on seeing the snow bunting and long tailed duck I headed back after parking at a nearer car park and facing the winds from there. I met up with a lovely birding group visiting from Bath and like they say 'many
hands eyes make light work' and we tracked the snow bunting (bottom right) down in no time, followed by a red-breasted merganser (bottom left) and then the long-tailed duck (bottom centre).