Stanpit Marshes

Take off

Today I took an afternoon trip to Stanpit Marshes, Christchurch.  The day was a lovely December day with bright clear skies and not too cold either.  Stanpit Marsh nature reserve at this time of year is a nice place to go looking for Stonechats.  And today my luck was in as there were a few about posing on the gorse and brambles.

Stonechat at Stanpit Marsh
Stonechat at Stanpit Marsh
Stonechat
Stonechat

I got a little luck with this next shot – managing to get one of the Stonechats taking off and in focus.

Take off
Take off

There were also a lot of waders about – including several Curlew, Godwits and Redshanks.  This my best wader picture from the trip – a Curlew in the marsh.

Curlew at Stanpit Marsh
Curlew at Stanpit Marsh

Whilst these two Godwits stayed near enough for a short bit of 4K videoing.

As I finished my walk around the reserve, Christchurch Priory was nicely reflecting in the water of the Stour.

Christchurch Priory
Christchurch Priory

All in all a very satisfactory visit.

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