17th August 2014
A Black-tailed Godwit had been in residence at Rye Meads for some days now so time for a visit. It was quite clear that most people had already been down to see a rather special bird as the Draper Hide was particularly quiet as I settled down to get some photos.
The usual suspects were present with Little Grebes feeding young just below the hide, up to six Green Sandpipers feeding on a distant beach and a few Gadwall swimming about. I suspect that something had been through to spook most of the birds as wildfowl numbers were at an all time low with the two Garganey being noticeable by their absence. However, as usual, a couple of Stock Doves landed to feed on the seeds on the mud.
The godwit was asleep at the edge of the pool to the right, but did eventually wake up and started to feed. Unfortunately, although it walked towards the hide a couple of times, it did seem content to feed along the same two yard stretch. However, luckily the sun came out so it was possible to get a few decent shots even at that range.