Last Thursday was my first opportunity to take my regular weekly walk around the Oysterbed site (North Hayling Island) and what a beautiful day it was.
The southern approach to the Oysterbeds.
The area is looking much better now with new green areas surrounding the path. A promise of things to come.
Gorse in blossom
A welcome sight as we expect the insect population to increase rapidly with more opportunity for photography using my macro lens.
View from the Oysterbeds, across Langstone Harbour and towards Portsdown Hill.
It was at the high tide peak with most of the harbour flooded and the water at the northern weir calm. The bunds surrounding the oysterbeds were packed with birds awaiting the turn in the tide. A spotter can be seen at the northern viewpoint of the Oysterbed lagoon.
In the lagoon
The Red-breasted Merganser were still resident.
These seem to fly in about an hour before high tide the fly back into the harbour just after the tide changes.
These come into the lagoon as it fills with the incoming tide. I have watched them swim in through the northern weir.
With the tide at its highest, space on dry areas was at a premium and this island played host to quite a number of birds.
The top surface of the island had quite a number of these beautiful birds (smaller than a sparrow!). They were joined by the familiar Dunlin.
Here, a Dunlin is landing in front of a Ringed Plover.
To be continued.........