Little Egret and other birds at Seven Sisters

Another warm late summer day, and another trip out to Seven Sisters. It's funny how things change from one day to the next. Yesterday there was a noable absence of geese. Today, a large flock was happily meandering on the water.

A smaller group of dunlins was equally at home in the shallow pools.

The undoubted highlight of the afternoon was the little egrets, which were out in relatively large numbers. These are a few of the better shots.

I grabbed this final shot of a bird as it flew over. I couldn't see immediately what it was, but it looked strange. No wonder. It's a juvenile herring gull with a plastic bag wrapped round its leg. This will certainly hamper it if it cannot get untangled. In many cases simple items of rubbish, from bags to bottles and drink cans can result in the painful death of wildlife. So keep it tidy, and take it home (it's never as heavy on the return journey, so there's no excuse).

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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  1. chthoniid September 6, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    It looks like the expedition was worthwhile then Words. Plenty to see and photograph.

    The littering that can occur in even pristine places is however sad (and potentially tragic). In the place we shifted to, I ended up removing 3 garbage-bags of rubbish from the bush behind us. It was utterly bewildering that such a natural area would be treated like a dumping ground.

  2. SittingFox September 8, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    That's a great portrait of the egret with the light going through its wings :up:

    How anyone can think the countryside is a tip is beyond me. It's sad, and dangerous. Khamsin trod on a splinter of glass last year and that must happen to foxes and badgers more frequently than we know.

  3. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Chthonid, it's a great spot (and so typically English that there's even a farmhouse tea room). Generally it is fairly tidy there, but I'm astonished at the dumping that goes on in more remote places. Not just litter, but serious fly tipping.

  4. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  5. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Adele, I was pleased with the backlit egret. Broken glass is a real curse and must account for at least some of the limping foxes I see.

  6. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Interesting Pict