Sunday 9 January 2011

9th January 2011

A bright and sunny day but windy with the birds very much keeping a low profile and only a Song Thrush and the resident Crows to be found on the island. At dawn the planet Venus (now at its brightest of magnitude -4.6 as seen from earth and outshining all in the sky but the sun and moon) shone brilliantly over the shore on the journey across, and usual flight of 500 or so Cormorants flew out of the estuary between the island and Red Rocks (above left). Four thousand Oystercatchers gathered on the west side (above right) and a further 1,000 to the north east with some of the Brents and a few Bar-tailed Godwits.
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