25th April 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit

Strong cold WSW wind this afternoon, gusting at times, occasional showers.


Bar-tailed Godwit.

A very close encounter with an immaculate Bar-tailed Godwit this afternoon. Feeding on the northern parameter of Shooters Bottom and not the kind of migrant I expected to see amongst the flowering gorse and cowslip. I took these shots from the car & the bird appeared in good health, feeding vigorous and able to fly. Upon reviewing the images, I notice it appears to be drooping a wing slightly. Hopefully just a little strain and nothing too serious. Although unusual, migrant Godwits do occasionally rest up on the headland (per. David Cooper) but this is the first I have seen doing so. I guess you’re entitled to when your kind holds the record for the longest non-stop flight (a bird fitted with a GPS tracker covered distance of 11,680km taking 9 days… without a break). A fact which still blows my mind even though I’ve known it for a few years. Not much else to be seen other then 3/4 Willow Warblers on the eastern side of Belle Tout Wood.


A very handsome male.


Bar-tailed Godwit in Shooters Bottom.


The top of chalk cliffs not exactly wader habitat.


Work & social stuff have kept me from birding much over the last 7 days, although a great fall occurred on the 19th April. Between all of us birding that morning the following was recorded; 1 Short-eared Owl in off the sea, a single Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 1 Pied Flycatcher and approx 100 Willow Warblers.


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1 Response to 25th April 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit

  1. George Heath says:

    Great shots of a stonking bird.


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