|The first bit of 'wildlife' I observed on The Wash!|
|At one point we had to wait until the tide went out to get off a shingle island.|
On Sunday morning we caught 1 Curlew which was a new ringing experience for fellow trainee Ian Blackmore who hadn't ringed any waders before was the lucky person to ring it.
|Curlew. Photo: Ian Blackmore|
|Looking at a Knot's plumage|
Two of the birds caught were controls: a Knot from the Highlands and a Dunlin from France!
|Shinzii Dunlin. Photo: Libby Welbourn|
The third bird I ringed on Sunday was a very special bird to me as not only was it my 1,000th bird but at the same time my 60th species. The bird in question was a beautiful Knot, age 6, ring number SV59060 - live long and prosper little fella!
|My 1,000th bird/60th species. Please excuse the scruffy person holding the bird, they had just spent the last 3 hours hiding under a sheet of tarp on a shingle island!|
|The Dunlin team|
|Libby ringing a Dunlin|
|Measuring a Dunlin|
|Check out the plumage on this beauty!|
|Bar-tailed Godwit. Photo: Ian Blackmore|
I learned a lot during this trip about cannon netting and had the new experience of setting on fields which is so completely different to setting on the beach, which is what I have done before. On a field there is so much more to consider when setting and everything has to be set carefully to ensure that the birds don't see the cannons or become wary of the nets.
|When setting in fields cannons need to be buried into the ground to hide them from the birds.|
|Setting up in one of the fields|
The week was a very interesting learning experience for me and it was great to met so many new people such as fellow trainees Ian Blackmore and Libby Welbourn from The South Notts Ringing Group.
|Libby and her Knot|
|Ian and his Knot|
|Me and a Shinzii Dunlin|
|Ringed Swallow pulli|