Over 100000 Brent geese over Winter in the UK. We see many along our coast here in Southampton. They are small goose – a little larger in size to a mallard. It has a black head and neck and grey-brown back, with either a pale or dark belly. The adult birds have a small white neck patch. It flies in flocks along the coastline moving along as the tide changes. They are shy and noisy and easily disturbed.
These birds were at Hamble Point today and taken from the van window in the rain. There were about 25 birds in this flock.
A dull and grey day – a monochrome view of familiar views and textures on the coast, pictures speak louder than words today. It is not cold it is not wet it is just dull.
A lot of people about walking off their Christmas. The birdlife was mainly Turnstones.
last few days before Christmas and very few people are out and about on the coast at Titchfield Haven it will be different on Boxing day when everyone descends to walk off their Christmas dinner and walk the dog and let the kids test out their new bikes, but today it was quiet just a few sailboats and the birds.
The Sanderlings were in their high tide R&R mode waiting for the water to drop before they take to the water’s edge and start feeding.
Only the small sailing dingy’s were out with a safety boat.
A few Ring Plovers were on the shore and a lot of Turnstones had decided they would venture onto the footpath as it was quiet.
Balancing act !!
This Blacked Headed Gull had an itch.
Hamble river and point. After a few days of heavy rain and gales, the weather today is much clearer.
Lots of low sun and colour casts on the river. There were many Oystercatchers grabbing the last bit of the mud as the tide came in.