I had just set up a new arrangement for photographing birds on the garden pond when an immature Green Woodpecker alighted on a tree stump which I'd carefully arranged over the water. It posed beautifully for a few moments when suddenly to my surprise a Garden Warbler landed on a second stump inches away. It remained for about 10/15 seconds when I managed to get a couple of shots before it flew off and hasn't been seen since! What a surprise for a garden bird.
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Monday, August 16, 2021
Initially I wasn't sure of its i.d but having, after some hours, tracked down Owen Mitchell I was delighted to learn that he confirmed it as an Aquatic Warbler. Initially it was only seen from the back view and it was against the light ...but what a great rarity to have chanced upon.
...but then it turned and these photos were the first few I managed to obtain. Just sorry no other birders were around and even after a good search it was never seen again!
So setting out this morning I was slightly disappointed by the lack of avian activity in the bushes and apart from a few willow warblers the main interest was in waders along Whites Creek. Dunlins,Ringed Plovers and Redshanks accompanied Curlews,Whimbrel and Greenshanks and were well spread throughout the mud banks.Curlew
Monday, August 2, 2021
Six days in Suffolk and brief visits to RSPB Minsmere resulted in a few photos. We were fortunate to be there for a couple of hours when a Gull Billed Tern was visiting one morning but our only view was through a wardens 'scope.
Just for the record here's a distant view of the Adur estuary Shoreham bird I saw on June 1 2005.
Our only other bird of note was a Great White Egret viewable from the West Hide one evening.
The Terns appeared to be doing really well with Common Terns feeding a good number of youngsters.
Begging for more!Kittiwakes squabbling.
Avocets with many youngsters. This adult in late evening sun was a real stunner!
The usual feral Barnacles were present
Heron on the look out.
...and a Reed Warbler at close quarters from the hide.
...and a few non birds.
|Bee wolf along 'Digger Alley'|
...and a very unusual but colourful insect which I understand is a Hedychrum nobile which is a species of cuckoo wasp. (please correct if this is wrong)
Looking forward to our next visit!