Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A COUPLE OF VISITS TO THE LOCAL PATCH.



Not been out with the camera lately mainly due to doing work on my own garden but also helping with someone else's as well.This unsurprisingly produced even more aches and pains than usual.That and some poor weather totally unacceptable to a Fairweather Birder has kept me away.

Did pop down to Marsh Lane last Monday week in rather poor weather.Did see my first Common Gull this winter though on the CP pool 










Went down there again this morning in excellent weather.Soon found out the CP pool was out of action as a party of contractors/volunteers were working on one of the islands laying down a Tern Scrape.This upset all the Geese and very large flocks were flying around most of the morning.




The newly worked on marsh to the right of the oak hide is already producing results.This morning there were at least 6 Common Snipe there and several ducks but best for me was finding a Kingfisher fishing there.At first it was right down the far end.






It did get a bit closer.




Then very briefly it came pretty close and posed for a couple of shots.






It was in the marsh area for at least half an hour catching a few fish.I had several attempts at flight shots but ended up with loads of crappographs.This shot is my best.




After that bit of excitement I finally got a glimpse of the Tawny Owl.It's well off the beaten track in a gloomy well hidden spot so seeing it is very hard and to get any shot at all is almost impossible.






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