A Little Winter Visitor

The west coast of the UK is vast for a human to look at but somewhere in Scandinavia Alaska Greenland or Canada a little Bird thinks of warmer climates. A small white Bunting thinks of its journey to warmer shores its flight so dangerous with storms and hazards along the way.

But its little wings will fly to the shores of Fleetwood Lancashire once more, how it remembers to come exactly to the same beach I do not no and is fascinating to say the least. Its the time I love cold dry frosty days my beloved camera in hand trying to find the Snow Bunting on a huge beach covered in sand and pebbles my eyes like Ziess glass focusing on every little movement.

I walk back an forth to where it came last year and sit for a while as the Linnet lands in small flocks to feed. The male and female Stonechat can be heard in the sand dunes with beautiful plumage sitting perched on beach grass.

I vist many days eyes full of excitement as I ask people have you seen the Snow Bunting this year. The answer is always yes its here somewhere Camouflage into the pebbles and debris along the shores edge.

As I walk wind blowing the coastal salty air into my face head and eyes scanning as I go the small Bunting is a winter present for me a sense of happiness as I spot it on its own again like a grain of sand on a huge stretch of northern coastline.

Hello my little beauty you were hard to find like always, let me sit with you gaze at your beautiful plumage with winter colours. Just a few images to show my followers your image and let them know of your travels from a far. Your on the Amber warning list but I hope the climate and human impact won’t stop you coming once a year to cheer my up.

Thank you little Snow Bunting see you next year I hope.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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