Today I went down to Backsand again for the high tide (also went down yesterday). Again things were a little disappointing.
At high tide the bird population was similar to yesterday in that there was only really red and greenshanks present(33 and 9 respectively), the only small waders being 2 green sandpipers and a solitary common sand. 7 little grebes in residence but ducks were conspicuous by their absence – just 2 mallard and a teal.
The real reason for this post is really only to warn people that the camera fest one normally enjoys when down at Backsand is unlikely to happen. Today only a lone greenshank walked in front of the hide (yesterday it was a lone green sand).
The reason for this is the water levels - they are very low (as they are at Restharrow) and the birds either don’t want to or don’t need to come close to the photographic hide – the water is so shallow the greenshank can, more or less, walk (and feed) where ever they want.
Here are a couple of images that illustrate the problem.
|The view from the camera hide|
The channel in front of the hide is still full of water but the birds are staying away – this includes the little grebe.