Wednesday, 24 September 2014

High Tide on Two Tree

Spent the morning at the west end of Two Tree Island yesterday. High tide was just after 1 pm and I took my position in the hide over looking the scrape at about 10.30 am. Already there was a group of around twenty Greenshank and a few more Redshank.


Greenshanks - Two Tree Island, Essex from Alan Shearman on Vimeo.

The hide is a popular place at this time of the year and it was great to see Denis and the two Johns, in fact as high tide approached there was standing room only in the hide with around twenty people now present. Why so popular? It is probably the best place in south Essex to get good views of the largest variety of wading birds. This high tide roost begins to form around two hours prior to high tide, so timing is important to witness this spectacle. And it is a spectacle, in no particular order today there were; Greenshank 40+, Redshank 100+, Lapwing 30+, Avocet 60+, Black-tailed Godwit 200+, Grey Plover 10+, Golden Plover 20+, Ringed Plover 200+, Knot 20+, Dunlin 50+, Curlew Sandpiper one juvenile bird and a couple of Turnstones. Also, we saw Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Teal, two Yellow Wagtails and a female Sparrowhawk who spooked the roost on a couple of occasions.

For photography, the birds were just never quite close enough for my 400mm, so the images below are quite heavily cropped!

Avocets

Black-tailed Godwits

Greenshanks

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover and a few Dunlin