On a very rare sunny day (and they are rare at the moment) – we made the most of it and headed out to the RSPB site at Southport – and were rewarded with some great images of Avocet, Redshank, Oystercatcher, and Godwit. Not bad for a first visit. Once the weather improves (if it ever does) we’ll be out there again.
We were exited to see the Avocet, on her nest, guarding four eggs… the couple swapped over every half hour or so, allowing the one not on the nest to stretch, preen and feed.
The Avocet is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
It was fascinating to see them mate, after a very short display from the female.
More images to follow once I’ve processed them…… thanks for looking, please take a moment to pass a comment…