Morecambe Bay waders


Acrylic on paper, 48cm x 48cm

A winter visit to Morecambe Bay on the north west coast of England can be hugely rewarding for the birdwatcher. If timed to coincide with a high spring tide it is possible to see large flocks of waders, particularly red knot, wheeling in the sky in vast numbers as they look for suitable roosting sites. I had always thought that to see the spectacle of these flocks against dark, stormy skies could be a great subject for a painting and I was lucky enough to witness it one January day at Morecambe Bay. At particularly high tides the birds are restless as their favoured roosting sites are inundated. Until the tide recedes and they can resume feeding on the exposed mud flats they frequently take to the air and perform aerial displays that are reminiscent of the spectacular winter murmurations of starlings.

This painting will be on show at my one-man exhibition ‘From Antarctica to Aberlady’ which runs from 15th November to 14th January at the Donald Watson Gallery  near Edinburgh. The gallery enjoys stunning views across Aberlady Bay and the Firth of Forth.

Donald Watson Gallery, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC), Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY,  Tel; 01875 871330


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  • Redshank
  • Jewels of sunlight
  • Grey wagtail
  • Shallow waters
  • Snow charm
  • Snowy birches and ermine
  • Avocet
  • Moorhen and bulrushes
  • Melting away (snipe)
  • At the waterline
  • Winter fox
  • St Mary’s seals
  • The Gathering
  • Short-eared owl
  • Abernethy Forest pool
  • Redshank alarm
  • Evening pools – wigeon
  • Silver light
  • Aberlady Bay
  • Fishing in the flow tide – Little egret
  • Long-eared owl
  • Shrimping
  • Purple sandpipers
  • Morecambe Bay waders
  • Storm surge – gannets at Bamburgh
  • Sandpiper flight
  • Lindisfarne Bay
  • Heading north – migrating dunlin
  • Redshank
  • Against the light
  • Spring tide
  • Marsh grass
  • Warming up
  • Snow petrel
  • Smiling at the sun (rock martins at Abu Simbel)
  • Salt marsh sentinel
  • Making waves
  • Log pile
  • The sand martin and the jellyfish
  • Humpbacks in the Gerlache Strait
  • Dipper
  • Beachcombers
  • Run-off

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