Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mistley Quay - Forster's Tern

I had one hour.  With the Forster's Tern reported again for it's second day, the twitch-mobile was fired up where it was then seen powering up the A12.  A Peregrine and Buzzard were seen en route.

Thankfully the site was easy to find.  The tide was out.  The weather typically autumnal.  There were plenty of waders out on the mud exposed by the receded tide.

Flocks of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Knot, Shelduck, and smatterings of Redshank, Turnstone, and Grey Plover present.  A group of Pintail were roosting by the edge of the channel.

Standing with Josh Jones, we picked up the Tern distantly.  The bird flew around before resting on the exposed mud.  This may have been the best view which was fine.  Time was limited.

The bird then alighted, making steady progress toward us, following the channel before meandering round and flying swiftly by much like the time I was restricted to.

Extremely elegant, the dark mask revealed during the winter gives this bird real style.

Time to get a decent camera I think.

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