Farlington Marshes Early Feb

A trip in early Feb to Farlington Marshes turned out to be a good idea. This HIWT nature reserve, located just outside Portsmouth, offers good habitat and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl, and on this particular visit I managed to get my first ever decent photo of one particular wader, the Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus).

A Spotted Redshank
A Spotted Redshank

The other waders sighted, though not photographed, included Godwits and a large flock of Golden Plovers. The wildfowl were also in their in abundance, the lion share of them Geese, both Brent Geese (Branta leucopsis) and Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).

A Brent Goose
A Brent Goose
Brent and Canada Geese
Brent and Canada Geese
Brent Geese in flight
Brent Geese in flight

There was this white goose amongst the crowd.

White Goose
White Goose

The other type of wildfowl photographed were a pair of Pintails (Anas acuta), although not too sure if the light coloured is a female or hybrid.

Male Pintail
Male Pintail
Female Pintail?
Female Pintail?

Aside from waders and wildfowl there was a couple of Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) about.

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Kestrel (2)
Kestrel (2)

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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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