Monday 3 January 2022

Grey Phalarope in Shetland

News came in this morning from Paul Bloomer that he had found a Grey Phalarope at Ireland, Bigton in Shetland
Its unusual to find them at this time of year in Shetland, more an Autumn bird
I headed over the hill just 10 mins from where we live , conditions not good with Force 5-6 wind and frequent snow showers driving in off the sea.

As i opened the car door the cold he me, very very cold perhaps -4 wind chill.
On site already was a number of local birders all watching a small bird bouncing about on a very choppy sea

It started to come towards the shore and may have been within  10m or less to the pebble beach
It would then head out, often lost to view then reappear further along the coast before making its way back to the same spot in front of us

It was very difficult focusing on the bird with the very strong wind hitting the telephoto lens

It was feeding well often close to several Mallard and a few gulls including an Iceland gull

A good start to the year.

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