18th July. Rutland Water.

We had a survey to do this pm on a development site not that far from Rutland Water so we decided to pop in and see the Pacific Golden Plover as we had not seen one for years.

It was initially very distant and the beautiful weather was making extreme heat haze an issue, but after a while it flew closer onto the bund and a change of hide to the Mallard Hide from the Heron produced excellent if still distant views.

The haze made photo’s very difficult and this one was a case for the digiscoping kit, which of course I had not brought with me… still got a few record shots of this beautiful bird. When it got closer you could see the ID features including the all important tail, tertial, primary projection ratios.

This last pic’ shows just how small these waders really are…

Also on the lagoon were 9 Little Egrets, I remember when one was a major rarity in the Midlands! Plus the ubiquitous Egyptian Geese, these were mostly lounging around on the bund. Up to 4 Ospreys were also visable, presumably 2 adults and 2 young?

Little Egrets.

Egyptian Geese.

Common Tern on one of the Osprey platforms.

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