28.04.21. Birdlog.

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A couple of hours birding along the north bank of No.6 tank and the glorious sight of hundreds of handsomely dressed Black-tailed Godwit feeding close enough to hear their slurping sounds after a bill full of sieved out sludgy mud. Hiding within the godwit flock were two non-breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, and no less of a handsome bird.

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A scattered group of 8 Ruff were sporting their foppy neck and head plumes, orange, white, black, chestnut and browns, our own exotically plumaged dandies.

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The ducks were overshadowed by the shorebirds and there was no change in species and numbers from my previous visit.

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I continued my walk along the track towards the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank. A male Western Marsh Harrier was hunting the reed beds at the Canal Pools. The pools on the mitigation had a single russet coloured Ruff with several Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Ringed Plover and Common Snipe.

Observer: WSM (images & videos).

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