Twenty-three members of the Haslemere Natural History Society experienced a very rewarding and memorable morning when they took a trip organised by Chichester Harbour Conservancy on the solar-powered catamaran Solar Heritage.
With the sun shining for the event on February 18, the quality of light across the water in Chichester Harbour was ideal for birdwatchers and photographers.
The boat passed through Bosham Channel and Chichester Channel before continuing to Pilsey Island, south of Thorney Island.
Powered by solar batteries, the boat is almost silent, creating little disturbance to the many feeding birds, so close views were possible where they were feeding in the mud or at the water’s edge.
They included Brent Geese, Grey Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Teal, Dunlin and both Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit. There were several fly-pasts by flocks of Dunlin, a skein-shaped flock of Lapwing, sight of two Red-breasted Merganser, and a close view of a pair of Little Grebe busily diving.