black-tailed godwit

Around Morecambe Bay

    The area around Morecambe Bay in North-west England offers a range of photo opportunities that are a complete contrast to habitats and species that we experience here in the Highlands. As at many other wetland reserves in England the RSPB's Leighton Moss enables close encounters with species such as Avocet, Bittern and Marsh Harrier. When I started out as a photographer nearly fifty years ago all were so rare here in the UK that you had to travel abroad to stand a chance of photographing them. The reserve gets very busy during the day but early in the morning and late in the evening...

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The last of the summer

  The last of the summer - Small flocks of wading birds returning to our shores are a sure sign that summer is almost gone. After what seems a like an all too brief sojourn in the far north by late July many waders have bred and are already making their way south. A few adults return still with the vestiges of their often showy breeding plumage but more often it is the young of the year making their first journey south that we see along our northern shores. Unable to build up such large fat reserves as the adults they have more need to stop off to feed on the journey south. Many have...

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