I visited Blackpill the other day, unfortunately during a heavy rainstorm so the light was useless, to see what birds were about. I got there a little too late, so I had to photograph from the path instead of from the beach which I prefer to do. Even though it is still a bit early for the over wintering birds to be present in great numbers, a fair selection of birds were present. Most were not really suitable for photography in the dull light, but I made a few images anyway.

The oystercatcher flock at Blackpill is one of the most approachable I have come across. They will be much more tolerant by the end of the winter, but standing/sitting still and letting the tide push them up towards your position is always a good technique to get close.

Quite a few species of bird were present with Black headed, Herring, Black backed and lesser black backed gulls mixing with Crows, Knot, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Cormorant, Oystercatcher and even 6 Brent Geese. A bird watcher next to me also saw a Wheatear and Pied Wagtail. Not bad for 20 minutes in the pouring rain. As winter approaches, it will only get better I hope.

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