Saturday, 8 October 2011
Slavonian at Fairhaven
The marine lake at Lytham St Annes came up trumps again this week with another uncommon visitor to the lake. A slavonian grebe had dropped in to spend a few day's feeding up before departing for it's winter feeding grounds. This followed on from the grey phalarope, another uncommon visitor which had recently delighted many obsevers and photographers during it's stay.
The slavonian grebe was another very approachable bird and once again was providing many photographic opportunities for the local bird photographers. I went along on the third day of it's stay as conditions promised to be better following more very disturbed weather. I spent most of the day in the company of other photographers at Fairhaven and we all enjoyed excellent conditions as the blue skies and sunshine eventually arrived.
The grebe was feeding well and most of the time seemed to be catching shrimps in between spells of preening and patrolling along a favoured part of the lake close to the RSPB Discovery Centre.It was a very enjoyable afternoon's session and I think all of the photographers present went home very pleased with the results. I have shown above my efforts and have mostly shown images from when the sun appeared, which helped to bring out the colours and highlight the wonderful red eye of the slavonian grebe. A general view of Fairhaven Lake is shown and also an image of local photographer Martin ,checking his images in front of the RSPB Discovery Centre. Hope you enjoy looking at my efforts with the camera. The Lancashire coastline is currently enjoying a spell of excellent birds visiting the area and I look forward to the next one.