Last weekend we had a visit to Tophill Low nature reserve, on the recommendation of a couple of other birders.
No sooner had we got in the reserve, than this kestrel greeted us sitting on top of the roof.
As we approached, we expected it to fly away, but it didn’t. It sat and posed while Lee took some photographs.
It was the closest we’d ever been to a kestrel in the wild, and it gave us a chance to see its beautiful colours.
Walking further round the reserve, we came to the hides on the marshland, and spotted several little egrets.
There must have been around 20 of them, and one kindly posed on a log fairly close by, enabling Lee to take these lovely pictures.
Little egrets are becoming more widespread in the UK. They spend a lot of time standing still or wading in shallow water, looking for food.
These were an amazing sight, but the star of the show was a bird we’ve never seen before: the black-tailed godwit.
One of our larger waders, the black-tailed godwit is very handsome, particularly in its coppery-red summer plumage.
There must have been at least 20 of these stunning birds.
It breeds in wet meadow land, and is not as widespread as the bar-tailed godwit. We were so happy to see so many of them and be able to watch them for quite some time!
There was also a common tern on the post, and plenty of lapwings.
Tophill Low is definitely worth a visit!
And to finish, a beautiful herring gull sitting on Barmston beach.