Thursday, 23 January 2014

Return To Rossall

It had been a while since I had been to Rossall and with some decent tides last week I decided on a return visit.I met up with Martin at Fleetwood Marine Lake on a wet morning but we were optomistic the weather would improve. It did improve but still with strong winds and showers from time to time.There were a number of red breasted mergansers on the Marine Lake but the heavy rain prevented any useable images before they moved away.
We moved then along the coast to the area where the waders usually roost on a high tide.There was a reasonable number of sanderlings present along with the usual turnstones and ringed plovers.A nice surprise was to find a purple sandpiper in with the sanderlings and I managed a few images before it went back to sleep with bill tucked into wings.There was also a stonechat about,the same one I had shown on a previous post and usually present around the observation tower.
When a couple of heavy showers arrived we were able to shelter at the tower and then return to photograph the birds.On our way back we discovered a number of sanderlings and turnstones feeding furiously on a small patch of beach.Neither Martin or I had observed this feeding frenzy before and we went down onto the beach to get closer to the action.It was an interesting session and some of the images I obtained are shown above.Despite the unpleasant at times weather our decision to go to Rossall proved a good one and we returned happy with more images for the portfolio.Thanks for looking in and hope you enjoy the images above. 


  1. A great day out Brian and your images show the action to a tee.

  2. Always a good venue for a days birding/photography. Sanderling/Turnstone/Purple Sandpiper/Stonechat....Luv 'em all.

    Excellent set of images Brian.

  3. A terrific set of pics Brian, I particularly like the 3 Sandpipers battleing the little wave, and the purp was a good find.
    All the best Gordon.