Saturday, 16 February 2008

Spoonbill in Sussex

A sunny but chilly walk along the Cuckmere river, with geese flying overhead.
Barnacle Geese, surprisingly, and there were 27 in this skein.

There was plenty of timber on the beach, washed off a ship recently, and there were signs warning people against taking it. There will be some great bonfires and barbecues here when it gets warmer.
The walk was in good company, and Paddy came too.
Looking across the pools behind the shingle bar, there was a strange bird which, on closer inspection, turned out to be a Spoonbill - only my second ever sighting (as all the visitors to the Kent coast disappear before I get there).
It is a bizarre creature, compared to the elegant Little Egret (below on the left).


Mary said...

Both the Spoonbill and Little Egret look graceful in your pics....glad you got to see one and share it with us.

Sandpiper said...

Nice pictures! I love the geese in flight and the spoonbills! I've only seen spoonbills once when I was Florida. They were Roseate Spoonbills and so beautiful.

NW Nature Nut said...

I have never seen a spoonbill before. Neat!