Black-winged Stilts – Pennington Marshes, Hampshire

A pair of Black-winged Stilts were found in Hampshire at Pennington Marshes. The last successful breeding attempt of this species in the UK was in Norfolk in 1987. On the Saturday morning I headed down to see them.

Even though you know they have incredibly long legs it’s still a surprise to see them. They were resting quite close by and the weather was great, perfect conditions for sketching. The only previous time I have seen this species was also in Hampshire, at Farlington Marshes in 1987.

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