There is an inevitable corollary to weeks enjoying dazzling birds in stunning rainforest or high in dizzying Andean peaks – sooner or later you have to do Plex again in the winter gloom.
But it was safer than spending the afternoon at Dempsey Towers, where a Yuletide minefield of Christmas lights, tinsel and all things festive, made it a dangerous place to tread in my usual clumsy manner (it looks great Mrs D).
Back out on Plex a feeding flock of about 5,000 Pink Feet on the rich, sodden Lancashire soil west of Plex Moss Farm were too close to resist and I ‘scoped them for about 45 minutes this afternoon as what little light there was began to fade away.
Even though most of the geese were caked in mud, soil and drizzle, I’d hoped to pick something out of them, something better than this single Barnacle Goose anyway – but it was better than nothing.
That’s the way it goes sometimes.
Up to 300 Starlings flocking out there too, and good numbers of Blackbird, Redwing and Fieldfare (120+ combined), which a Sparrowhawk scattered with its usual efficiency.
Not much light though.
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