Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 114 - Birds at Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point is a National Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast - the area has a rich wildlife and is particularly important for breeding terns and other seabirds.  As we were on a tour - not my favoured means of doing anything really - I never made it to have a good look at the tern colony.  Although I did get some decent, if distant views from the boat.

While I was sitting on the beach, this oystercatcher and chick came running along towards me.  This species is Haematopus ostralegus and it looks very similar to the Pied Oystercatcher from Australia.

One day I may find out if much more the geography separates them.






Just next to the path - but protected by a rope fence was an Oystercatchers nest - complete with its camouflaged eggs,

Just as we waiting for the return boat this Meadow Pipit  appeared - just in time for a few quick images and then we were off.



Now its over to you - click on the link and off you go.




31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

lovely oystercatchers!

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely shots Stewart... it's a great place to visit.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Oystercatchers are beautiful birds. The chick is very cute.

mick said...

Great photos of the Pied Oystercatchers and very interesting to see how similar they look to ours here in Australia.

charuhasacharya said...

Beautiful birds.

Chris Rohrer said...

A new oystercatcher for me. Pretty amazing birds. Sounds like a good day. I do not like some of the limitations of being on a boat, but there always seems to be an opportunity awaiting....somewhere:)

Sharon Wagner said...

The last shot is certainly a keeper. And that OC beak was definitely made for catching something. Pointy.

Jo said...

How precious that you that the oystercatcher and its chick came so close to you, And what an amazing sighting the Meadow Pipit was. I just love LBJ's and your image (although taken so quickly) is beautiful. I'll link my post tomorrow (Wednesday) Greetings Jo

Bethany Carson said...

They have very neat looking eggs!

Christian Weiß said...

Wonderful birds, they live,unfortunataly for me, far away on the seaside.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Stewart! I love the shot of the Oystercatcher's nest and also the one of the Meadow Pipit.

Andrea Priebe said...

I love the Oyster Catchers no matter what side of the globe they are on. These are really nice shots and awesome that you spotted the nest with eggs ... nice camouflage. So I have been waiting all day for "Wild Bird Wednesday" to show up on my dashboard and it hasn't ... then I realize you have posted under your "Paying Ready attention" ... Did I miss something while I was away? Are we not Wild Birds anymore? I will have to take the time to peruse your past posts to see. Hmmmm ... Well, good to be back anyway. Glad all is well with you :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

oh you got me owwwwing today.

the baby oystercatcher, the pipit.

soooo cute

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, I always loved the Oystercatchers.. The chick is cute. Great shots! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Adam Jones said...

My favourite to bird watch in the UK. Great pictures and nice to see both the nest, eggs and the youngster.

Brian King said...

Lovely photos of the Oystercatcher and Pipit!

Andrea Priebe said...

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Andrea @ From The Sol

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The eggs are a wonderful find. My favorite picture.

Linda W. said...

Fabulous bird photos!

bailey-road.com said...

The Oystercatcher is a handsome bird and it's nice to see the fuzzy chick too. I love the beautiful shot of the Meadow Pipit!

Arija said...

Tours of any kind are not my thing either.
That is a nice oystercatcher and chick and really great to see the eggs too.

Susan (ABON) said...

Great shots of the Oystercatcher and Pipit, Stewart. The eggs are neat!

Breathtaking said...

Such great finds, especially the nest. Your photos of both birds are superb Stewart!:)

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful pictures of the oystercatcher, the chick is cute.
Wonderful also to see the nest with eggs.
The pipit I find super.
Best regards, Irma

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I've never seen the oystercatcher eggs before this....the areas here are roped off during breeding season, but we can't get close enough. This was a treat to have you share.

Roan said...

Cute little oystercatcher! Love that last shot!

A Quiet Corner said...

Just wonderful to see nesting areas of birds like this being protected!...:)JP

Ela said...

Great photos of these beautiful birds !

Marie said...

Beautiful birds! I love that you also saw the eggs! I love the orange beak of the oystercatcher. Not joining in this time, but I'll be back next week.

Rambling Woods said...

Awwww...cute parent and offspring...... Michelle

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Not only the birds, but also the photography is awesome..
Your should introduce yourself as a photographer too..


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