One of the reasons I decided to got to the Wirral for the day was that there had been a Great White Egret seen over the previous few days. I've seen lots of Little Egrets but never the Great variety. I headed to Parkgate where it had been seen previously. When I arrived the heavens opened in biblical fashion. Hail stones so heavy that visibility was down just a few metres. I chose to stay in the car. When it finally stopped I drove along the front where I could see two Little Egrets and a Grey Heron. Then on the horizon (that was now a lot further away) up popped the Great White. Through the binoculars I could clearly see the yellow bill and it's size was unquestionable. A life time tick for me. Sorry about the quality of the shots, but these are my record shots. I hope to get better soon.
I ventured to Burton Mere and Inner Marsh Farm in the afternoon, where I came across my first Whooper Swans of the Autumn.
Very majestic looking birds.
A noteworthy tick! Congrats!!!ReplyDelete
glad you got to see and record it!ReplyDelete
Great shots! I love the first one! The scenery is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on these sightings and captures! I love the shots of the swans in flight.ReplyDelete
A distant tick, but like you say Adam the bird just has to stand out in that landscape.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful feeling when you see one for the first time. :)ReplyDelete
That swan flying is just brilliant. From FindlayReplyDelete
Great photos of the swan, - well done!ReplyDelete
You had more luck than me then. Failed to see a single whooper at Caerlaverock this weekend. Apparently the bad summer means there's a lot of flattened cereal crops left in the fields so they don't need to bother with the reserve as much :(ReplyDelete
It's very good that you saw and photographed the Great Egret - but I don't like the sound of all that hail. Did it mark you car?ReplyDelete
I know exactly how you felt! I've also seen my very first great white egret this Autumn! I didn't understand what I saw at the first, but then... wow.ReplyDelete
I also love the swans on your beautiful photos!
enjoyed the scenery and how majestic to see the whooper swans in flight like you did; great captures AdamReplyDelete
congrats to the Great White egret. It is a very nice bird to watch. I have seen it abroad, never in Sweden. :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on your Egret sighting! And I love the swans, great flight shots!ReplyDelete
It's always exciting when you get such delightful surprises. I love the whooper swans. They truly are majestic.ReplyDelete
Truly gorgeous birds! Lovely photos! Thanks for coming by my Camera Critters post also!ReplyDelete
Hi there - seems that egrets are invading the UK - this would have been a mega bird when I lived there! Having said that, its still a mighty fine bird to see!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking to WBW
Stewart M - Australia
Oh yes and so nice to see them fly - beautiful big white birds and good shots :-DReplyDelete
Even at a distance the great egrets are awesome, aren't they? And the Whopper Swans: Never heard of this particular species before, they're gorgeous.ReplyDelete
These are lovely Adam! These reminds me of when I went to view the Sandhill Cranes in TN last January~ReplyDelete
gorgeous, love how you captured the swans in flightReplyDelete
What a beauty in FLIGHT!!!ReplyDelete
oooohhhhh I know these feelings well! The thrill of seeing them for the very first time, I then became obsessed! Even from a distance, they are beautiful and undeniable!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous flight shots of both!
I must tell you how flattered I was by the comment you left for me. I will be posting the best of the photos I took that day, today or tomorrow. I am not an organized blogger like my friends. He had fish for dinner and I captured it pretty well, if you want to stop back at my place to see them.
Beautifully caught! Such noble looking birds.ReplyDelete
Great photos of the swans ,netteReplyDelete
Congrats on the lifer! Remember pre-digital, pre-blog? Back when we were just happy to SEE birds (especially lifers of course) and didn't feel bad that we didn't get a picture? (Personally, I think your pictures are fine however!)ReplyDelete
These are fabulous photos.ReplyDelete