Saturday, 24 October 2020

Spoonbills at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

 Lancashire is currently in the highest zone of coronavirus restrictions.This will mean it is going to be difficult to obtain images as non essential travel is not encouraged and it may not be easy to provide new images for the blog.For the time being I will post images obtained before the recent restrictions.

I heard of three spoonbills at a local RSPB Reserve at Hesketh Bank not too far from home.When I arrived I could see the spoonbills in the distance.Hesketh Out Marsh is a saltmarsh part of the larger Ribble Estuary Nature Reserve.A lot of work has been carried out over recent years to make the area more attractive particularly to waders and wildfowl.It was a cold and windy day at this very exposed spot.

Eventually the young spoonbills did come closer and I was pleased with the images some of which you can see below.Eventually the weather deteriorated and drizzly rain arrived and I left for home.Hope you enjoy my efforts below and thanks for looking in.















Saturday, 10 October 2020

Whooper Swans and Egrets













 Now I am able to blog again I am bringing the blog up to date with some recent sightings.A trip to Lunesdale saw a small group of recently arrived whooper swans resting in the fields adjoining the confluence of the rivers Lune and Wenning at Hornby.My first sighting of whoopers this Autumn.

I hadn't been to Leighton Moss RSPB for many months so one pleasant afternoon recently found me in the Morecambe Hide.It was very good for egrets,Great and Little.Apart from redshanks it was quiet for waders but three greenshanks flew in as I was leaving.It was quiet for birders also with coronavirus restrictions keeping many away.It was very enjoyable photographing the egrets however.The little egrets were very active but the two great egrets present were dozing whilst I was there.Hope you enjoy my efforts below and I will be back soon now I seem to have sorted out my problems.Stay safe and well and thanks for looking in.



Friday, 9 October 2020

Blogging Again

 Think I have sorted things hopefully.This is just a test blog with a few recent images from my visits to the wader roost at Southport.I will be back in business soon with more of Lancashire's wildlife.

Thanks for looking in and stay safe and well.










Saturday, 26 September 2020

LEAVING BLOGGER as of 26.9.2020

 I am leaving Blogger as of from today.I am currently having great difficulty in uploading images to my site.In future I will be putting my images onto my FLICKR site at


www.flickr.com/photos/brianrafferty    Hope this works and hope you can still follow me. I may post again on Blogger if I can sort things out.Meantime have a look at my Flickr site

www.flickr.com/photos/brianrafferty


Thanks..Brian Rafferty

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Horses..Waders.. and a jellyfish.

I haven't posted for a while as gardening duties have kept me very busy during the recent fine weather.I did however find time to visit the coast near Southport to see if any more waders had arrived.More waders had arrived and it was lovely to see the sanderlings scurrying around the beach as the tide came in.Also present were reasonable numbers of knot and bar tailed godwits and the odd grey plover. The best birds present was a flock of around sixty sandwich terns roosting on the beach.A number of horses were also exercising on the beach enjoying getting their feet wet.I have also shown a jellyfish washed up in recent storms.Not sure of the name of the jellyfish but probably a common variety.

Hope you enjoy my images of a very pleasant day out on the Lancashire coastline.Thanks for looking in and I will be back later with more of Lancashire's wonderful wildlife.