10th October 2010 – Red-flanked Bluetail at St. Mary’s Island Wetland

The Bluetail at St. Mary’s Island Wetland had stayed overnight, not surprising given the gloomy weather conditions, so we headed south. A short while later I was at the reserve and amongst several familiar Cumbrian faces hoping to see the bird! I’ve seen three Bluetails before, they are truly stunning birds and this bird was no exception. It seemed quite mobile but  I obtained some cracking views of it in the end. Shame it was so dull, even on ISO800 I was only getting 1/160th second. Oh well, can’t have everything!

Red flanks, blue tail, exactly what it says on the tin

The whole area was alive with Goldcrests, clearly newly arrived and eager to feed, foraging just a few feet away showing no fear of humans at all.

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