I have neglected the southern part of the patch this year. The North has been red hot for the last few weeks, plus it is easy to explore on foot, by bike and train. I'm in the car today so a trip south seems a good bet.
Text alert. "25+ Yellow Wags at Leasowe".
That changes everything.
To the Lighthouse....
Yellow Wagtails are my favourite Wagtail, perhaps because they are not the commonest Wag on the patch. They have eluded me a number of times over the years and there are never that many, so this adds to their appeal, and 25 is a huge number!
They are on the paddocks between the Lighthouse and Meols. We arrive to find friendly faces who get us on the birds. They are still there, 25 in all. A little distant though.
As we wait we get our eye in and start to spot them all over the field. The brighter males start to stand out like sore thumbs. They come a little closer...
Not so, they linger for a while longer, and move a little closer.
A male drifts over, incandescent in the sun. He poses for a couple of shots before walking behind the dung heap. He is almost tropical in appearance. A yellow that looks close to artificial, like the chemically coloured ice cream I scoffed yesterday. No E-numbers here though.
It is tempting when processing images in the software to enhance colours, alter colour balance and to increase/decrease saturation etc. I have done almost nothing to these images, a litte cropping, a touch of exposure adjustment and a hint of sharpening. The pictures are true to life, to the birds.
The very yellowest of Yellow Wagtails.