Visiting avocet tops the bill at Ballycarry bridge

Whitehead wildlife enthusiast Cameron Moore captured the avocet in flight at Ballycarry bridge. INCT 15-702-CON

Whitehead wildlife enthusiast Cameron Moore captured the avocet in flight at Ballycarry bridge. INCT 15-702-CON

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Birdwatchers have been flocking to Ballycarry bridge to view a visiting avocet.

The large wader with its distinctive black and white markings and up-curved beak has made the Larne Lough its home in recent days and was captured in flight by Whitehead wildlife enthusiast Cameron Moore, who kindly shared this image with the TIMES.

Cameron revealed that such was the interest in the avocet that at one stage police had to request people to move their cars off the bridge as they “were causing an obstruction”.

He believes it has been in the area since the middle of last week and was sighted again this morning (Monday).