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October 2013

26 October - 1 November 2013

Another great trip to Scilly, and another week that proves the last week in October is better than the middle two weeks! Whites Thrush, American Robin, Paddyfield Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, 2 Pallas' Warbler, Rose-coloured Starling, Red-backed Shrike, Yellow-browed Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatcher. Not bad - this year I left the 500mm lens at home and do not regret it at all. For the first year in ages I could actually walk around the islands without feeling totally wiped out at the end of the day!

6 October 2013

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Cheddar Reservoir is tame - as they often are. But neither it, nor other birder present, appreciate it when you go and sit right in the mud where it was feeding before you just flushed it. These photos were taken from the top of the bank - they'd be a bit nicer taken from ground level maybe, but this is not a good thing to do in front of an audience!

 

 
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