Farlington marshes

Today and a first visit to Farlington marshes, a Hampshire and Isle of Wight wildlife trust nature reserve, and according to their web site

it is one of the Trust’s oldest reserve and one that visitors return to year after year. This site is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, both freshwater and brackish, and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl. It is internationally important for the bird population that is supports, such as bearded tit, sedge and reed warblers. Many flowering plants have also been recorded here, including unusual species such as sea barley and corky-fruited waterdropwort.

Click this link to go direct to wildlife trusts Farlington marsh web site.

We parked at the car park located just off the A27/A2030 roundabout, and followed an easy circular path. On this visit main sightings were of waders and wildfowl, and in most instances viewed a reasonable distance away, which requires the use of a good long lens for a decent picture. The tide was in, so perhaps there may be more close up photo opportunities when the tide is out.

Here are the best shots from the day, with a couple of yet to be identified birds.

A wide angle shot showing the waders on show, including Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) and Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus).

Waders at Farlington marshes
Waders at Farlington marshes
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3

Closer up

Black-tailed Godwits & Lapwings
Black-tailed Godwits & Lapwings
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3

The Black-tailed Godwits caught in flight towards the end of the walk.

Black-tailed Godwits in flight
Black-tailed Godwits in flight
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

There were two types of Geese, the Brent Goose (Branta leucopsis).

Brent Goose
Brent Goose
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

and the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis).

Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

and the yet to be identified birds

A bunting?

Bunting?
Bunting?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3. Image cropped

Bunting?
Bunting?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3. Image cropped

and a possible  immature Yellow-legged Gull (Larus (cachinnans) michahellis) ?

Yellow-legged Gull?
Yellow-legged Gull?
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

The other gulls on show can be seen behind this shot including immature Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) and Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus).

Gulls at Farlington marshes
Gulls at Farlington marshes
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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