The Greenshank (Tringa nebularia.)is medium sized wading bird that is normally seen on migration in Spring and Autumn in the UK. They do not breed in England but further north in Scotland and sub-Arctic Europe and Asia. In my local area it is quite common to see one or two on the nearby Exe Estuary where they over-winter rather than migrate further south in to Southern Europe and Africa along with the majority. It is thought that around 150 individuals choose to over-winter here in the West of England so they are a relatively scarce bird during this season. This last week I have been trying to get up close and personal to one that is using the harbour at low tide. I devised a screen hide to try and get some close-up shots which has been moderately successful. I watched the bird feeding on Harbour Ragworm (Hediste diversicolor)
I have to say that it’s always nice to see Little Egrets, a very common bird now in the UK but prior to 1990 they were virtually unrecorded here Since then they have colonised and bred very successsfully and are now taken for granted by most people who don’t realise their success story.