Sunday, 24 February 2013

Tamar Estuary Boat Trip

Today was my first trip with Ecosoc, a boat trip down the Tamar Estuary. Not so much a photography trip but a bird watching trip in the hope of seeing some Avocets and some Spoonbills.

From the start it was a beautiful day, although not the warmest due to the high winds.

During the trip we were lucky enough to have a talk from one of the experts on the boat about the eating behavour of the birds which live on the estuary. Below is an image of some Ragworms which he was showing us and telling us how they are eaten by the wading birds on the estuary.

Now onto the important the birds, during the trip we saw  250+ Avocets a few curlew,  3 Grey Herons, 20 Buzzards, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, Mallards, Cormorants  Shags, Mute Swan,  Teal, Tufted Duck, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Red Shank, Plover, Oystercatchers  2 Red Breasted Mergansers, Shelduck and 1 SPOONBILL, my first in the UK. 

So here they are the mad lot who came with me on the trip, Laurence on the right who organised the whole thing, then Marcus, Laura, Helena and Kathy.

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