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January 2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Winter wader wonderland !

For once this winter it stopped raining as we gathered on the prom at Kings Gap. Soon the swiftly incoming tide brought the waders closer. Huge flocks of waders could be seen swirling around coming closer and closer. Finally they settled down and we could see Dunlin, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Bar tailed Godwit, Redshank, Knot, Curlew and Oystercatchers all jostling for space on the tide edge. There is no doubt the sight of seeing so many waders flying in tight twirling flocks is one of the wonders of our wildlife - and its happening every winter day on our door step ! Out to see thousands of Common Scoter took to the air, scared off by a passing boat. As the tide came in up to 30 Brent Geese appeared on Red Rocks giving good if distant view. Just as we thought it couldn't get any better a Peregrine swooped in for the kill, catching such a large wader that it actually had difficulty flying away with it's prey, a task made more difficult by the fact that it was being 'mobbed' by a number of gulls ! What a way to start our 2016 outdoor programme.