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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Springwatch at Minsmere.

We have just returned from a good (albeit showery) 2 days in and around Minsmere in Suffolk. It was certainly interesting to see the vast amount of cables, satellite dishes, cameras and equipment scattered around the reserve!

This is the base from where Springwatch is transmitted. From time to time we stumbled on various camera men waiting and watching in odd places.

The birds did us proud, especially the Bittern from the aptly named Bittern Hide. Here are a few shots we managed to capture as a Bittern made its way from the reed bed....


As always at Minsmere, Marsh Harriers were very evident, and this one was building a nest...
Nest building.

Here's a selection of some of the other typical species around the reserve.
Blue Tit  at one of the many occupied nest boxes.

Wren on post.

Pied Wagtail

Reed Warbler

Heron...about to land in Island mere.

Little Egret

Avocet in front of South Hide

Heron on Whin Hill

...and a real T.V. personality! Those of you who have been watching Springwatch will know all about Spineless Simon and this is his successor ....proving an excellent father!

On the first evening we went looking for Nightjars on Dunwich Heath. Being a crepuscular bird  the bird doesn't emerge from its daytime roost until the light has almost gone hence this rather poor was taken with an ISO of 16,000 at f5.6 at1/160th!

All in all, a pleasant but all too brief visit!

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