Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010

Spoonbill

Spoonbill
Spoonbill: Birdguides Photo of the Year 2012 Runner-up

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Siberian Accentor and a Classic Autumn Day at Spurn

After leaving Shetland just before Britain's first Siberian Accentor was found, I wasn't going to miss a second chance when one turned up at Easington in East Yorkshire a few days later.

Staying in Yorkshire made it easy to get there pre-dawn and be at the front of the queue when the praying started to ensure it was still present.  In the gloom of dawn we could soon make out a shape with enough colour visible to confirm its presence. It was already feeding in its preferred location.

First view of Britain's second Siberian Accentor...



As the light got marginally better (it was grey and drizzling), it proved hard to photograph, but that didn't really matter.




After spending some time in Easington, it was down to the Spurn area where is turning into a classic autumn day with some superb birds present.

This Pallas's Warbler was trapped and released mid-morning.


Lesser Redpolls and one of hundreds of Goldcrest in the trapping area:





Near the beach, a couple of Shore Larks:






An unusually showy Dusky Warbler by the canal:





On the way out, another look for the Siberian Accentor found it feeding almost out of view in the gas terminal.  However, it soon flew back to its previous location and briefly perched up on a post for a superb final view of it.





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