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Saturday, 19 March 2011


A couple of days ago, there was a report of an Avocet at one of the local lakes; Willen. Now this isn’t something you’re likely to come across every day; especially round here, so a quick visit yesterday, before work.

Had some very good views of this beautiful bird, and I was reluctant to have to leave.

A short video clip too.

I’ve got computer woes again. The (new) hard drive is going through the same motions as its predecessor. Just a matter of time before it dies, I think. Going to try and get it sorted as soon as possible, but if I disappear for a while, that’s why.

Sunshine here.....I hope it's shining where you are. Enjoy your weekend.


  1. Great find! I love shore-waders. They're so entertaining!

  2. Superb shots, what a great find. I hope the computer sorts itself though they rarely do.

  3. allways realy excellent pics, big hugh Kathrin

  4. HI Keith ...Fantastic you got to see the Avocet..amazing beautiful fellow!!
    Wonderful photo's..the last two are a real good look at it!! Sure has a long bill!!
    Nice you have sunshine...sorry you have computer problems again though!!
    Hugs my friend!!

  5. Oh my. With your job worries, you don't need computer worries, too. You've introduced me to another new bird. I wasn't familiar with the Avocet at all. What an interesting bird. I see that there is also an American Avocet, whose habitat is in the western half of our country. I will hope to see one in person some day.

  6. Hi Keith...I am so glad you got to see the Avocet..special treat!!
    Wonderfully handsome bird, and your photos,especailly the last two. They really give a great look at the bird...amazing bill on it!!
    Enjoy the sun!! Hugs!
    Sorry to hear about your computer!!

  7. What a privelage to see it, wonderful photo's as always, just a delight!

  8. Great bird and great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. Some great images there Keith. I had a quick look this lunchtime but guess what? Yeah it's gone :-{
    It must have known I was comming. lol.

  10. Well done Keith!! Maybe it is the same one that visited Draycote briefly. You captured it beautifully and nice to see it on video too. I have never seen one :(

    Sorry you are having computer probs again. I hope it doesn't turn out to be as serious as last time!

  11. Wow great shots Keith !! :)
    Have never approached one so close in wild ! Very jealous !! ;)

  12. Thanks texwisgirl. Waders/shorebirds, and gulls are two species I have real trouble trying to ID. Great challenge though lol

    Thanks Adrian. They’re lovely birds. Computers aren’t so lovely. In fact they’re a &%£”*@: pain! Lol

    Thank you Kathrin. Have a great weekend.

    Thank you grammie. Fortune smiled with the Avocet; and frowned with the computer lol
    Never mind. :)

    Thanks Linda. They are a fascinating bird to watch, especially when feeding.

    Thank you Deborah. I’m glad I got to see it when I did. Apparently they don’t stay for long inland. Our coast areas are the best places to see them.

    Thanks Gary. I was very pleased I caught up with it.

    Trevor, shame it wasn’t there mate. I almost went again this morning myself, but had some food shopping to do. Maybe it’ll stop off at Caldecotte? :)

    Thanks Jan. I’ve only ever seen one once before, at Titchwell reserve, a couple of years ago. Strangely enough my computer packed up then, and I lost all the pictures lol

    Pescalune, thank you. I was very lucky to be so close to this one. Usually they are a long way off in the distance. :)

  13. lovely pictures as always. they've tried to breed at Barnes I believe. you can get good views at Titch and Minsmere

  14. Cheers Pete. The only place I've ever seen them before was at Titchwell. I was very pleased to have this one on my doorstep ;)

  15. Wow, you're a genius, why do you always get the best? Really great shots.

  16. A cracerkjack SHOT!! What a great bird---

  17. Great photos and video of an extraordinary beauty!

  18. A great capture Keith and some nice photographs to round it off.

  19. Bob, thank you. Appreciate your comments.

    Thank you Sondra, they are lovely birds, and that's the closest I've ever managed to get to one.

    Thank you Müge. They are beauties, especially with that upcurved bill.

    Thanks Roy. I'm glad I went when I did.

  20. Hi Keith well done, your quick visit was rewarded, always great when you get a result.

  21. Cheers Bob. I'm glad I made the effort now lol

  22. Wow.. what a wonderful bird. I'd never heard of them before. I'm happy for you, and for us, that you got such terrific photos. I hope your computer woes are sorted out soon.

  23. Thanks Hilary. They are lovely birds.

    The computer seems very unstable at the moment; I think it will crash at anytime. :(

  24. Fantastic Keith, wonderfull bird photos and a great video.

  25. Great shots, the first one is a very origianl point of vue ;)

  26. Wonderful shots, well done!! I like the video too.

    I hope your computer problems get fixed, that can be a pain.

  27. Thank you Dominic :)

    Thanks Harold.
    A couple of friends are hopefully going to have a look at the computer this week.

  28. How very unique and so very beautiful. Looks very graceful

  29. Hi Keith,
    It`s always nice when this elegant wader turns up on your local patch and I love the third shot!
    For the past two years we have had a pair of Avocets nest on my local patch, the first year two chicks fledged succeefully, but last year the chicks were predated by Crows soon after hatching, very sad! Hopefully this year they will return and try again!
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  30. Thank you Lisa. They are lovely birds.

    Thanks John. It's been a couple of years since I managed to see one of these birds. Great to have one turn up so close. :)