Friday, 16 September 2011

Pretty as a Picture

Following last week's red throated diver another uncommon bird came to visit the Lancashire coastline. A juvenile grey phalarope was found on Fairhaven Lake at Lytham St Annes. This again was a casualty from last week's very strong winds and had dropped in at Lytham to refuel before continuing it's migratory journey. As is often the case with birds from Arctic regions it was very tame and was a photographer's dream and was often too close to focus.
I joined many others at Fairhaven Lake and we had a bonanza and many thousands of images must have been taken of this very photogenic bird. It was nice to meet up with local birdwatchers and photograhers and we enjoyed some better weather and at times the light was perfect for photography. It was still quite breezy and this put a nice swell on the water and with reflections from surrounding buildings made for some great opportunities for the many lenses present.
As I write this blog the bird has departed the lake and has not been seen today. It did however once again give much pleasure to those lucky enough to see it during it's brief stay and gave the photographers many lovely images to add to their collections. I have shown some of my images above and I hope my readers enjoy looking at this special little wader.


  1. Well Brian what can I say absolutely stunning ever one of them. A great time was had by all.Lets hope the little bird has a safe journey.

  2. Yes, 'Pretty as a picture' is a very appropriate title for this very pretty little wader.

    I just have to keep saying it....brilliant images Brian.

  3. i saw this bird on another blog today! :)

  4. My word! What absolutely stunning pictures. The colours are breathtaking - I've certainly enjoyed viewing them.

  5. Hi Brian,
    Your close ups and feather detail is unbelievable.