The recent Stilt Sandpiper at Pennington Marshes was a ‘lifer’ for Steve but only a ‘Hants Tick’ for me because I connected with the Brownsea Island bird back in August 06, whilst Mrs T and the girls watched Red Squirrels elsewhere on the island. However, this individual was somewhat closer and didn’t have to be observed through gaps in path side vegetation. The rusty ear coverts were particularly striking and even the pale median crown-stripe was visible. Due to the fact Steve had his larger prime 300mm lens with him I left my Nikon DSLR and 70-200mm Sigma lens in my camera bag and opted to experiment with my iPhone through the eye-piece of my scope instead. I suspect my results were better than what I would have achieved with my DSLR.
Hopefully, now that our days serving at sea are over we can look forward to many more ‘twitches’ together. Unfortunately, it will be difficult for Slasher to participate now that he has moved to Wales.
Tony T BSc (Hons) GeoSci (Open)