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27th June 2016 Sand Point

Sand Point near Weston Super Mare

3 months after breaking her femur my wife Wendy visited her consultant this morning in Weston General Hospital (5 x-rays and consultation all completed in 30 minutes – it would take that time to park at Southmead!) and then walked out to Sand Point.

Dunnock, Bullfinch and Stonechat best of the birds.

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Dunnock
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Bullfinch

 

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Stonechat
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Stonechat

Also a a Marbled White at a distance.

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Marbled White
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23rd June 2016

Eastville Park

It was great to have an evening walk around Eastville Park – our first walk together to the park from home since Wendy broke her leg.

It was quite astonishing to see how much everything had grown. There were places where we couldn’t get anywhere near to the river and the River Frome was quite dark in places with the trees laden with leaves. Difficult to see many birds though, although the bird song was quite a delight but sometimes a din with the crows at full blast.

What a delight too to see a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail (sadly no photo though). I nearly didn’t take my camera out of the bag until we saw a wonderful damselfly.

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Beautiful Demoiselle

The ducklings on the lake didn’t seem too perturbed by predators (not a gull in sight). Good to see Swifts too.

 

 

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17th June 2016 – RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

Following a walk on Dunwich Beach where we saw and heard Sky Larks we made our final visit to  RSPB Minsmere.

There, we only managed one hide as there was so much action that we had to grab a cup of tea before the café closed.

Before we could take a seat in the Bittern hide we saw two Marsh Harriers at close quarters and before they disappeared two Hobbies were on the scene catching dragonflies. Then a Bittern was spotted and before I could focus it took off and flew right in front of us and landed so that we had a close view as it fished for its supper.

The Bittern was not the only successful fisherman as a Grey Heron grabbed a big fish and flew off before a Little Egret dashed in and grabbed a few smaller fry.

If that was’t enough a Jay flew past and perched close by and a Cetti’s Warbler entertained us with its loud call. There was  probably other activity but we couldn’t keep up.

On the way back to the café we had further entertainment from a Stoat and its kits.

Phew! There was so much excitement that I was not too disappointed by a malfunction from my lens (as can be seen from the photos which are the best of a bad bunch). Hope to rescue some more photos later.

 

 

 

 

 

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15th June 2016 Walberswick, Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere

Walberswick, Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere

A fabulous day – but very frustrating from a photography point of view: a Robin and a Pied Wagtail on the lawn of our lovely holiday home in Walberswick; a great deal of effort spent trying to photograph a Dartford Warbler (with very little success) and a female and male Stonechat on Dunwich Heath; a quick tour of RSPB Minsmere watching Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers, Bitterns, Terns fishing  and a Linnet (I think), and searching unsuccessfully for a Stone Curlew. All great fun and some good views but very poor photographs. As someone dear to us once said: “The world is not all about birds”. Certainly true today! Luckily the weather was good and we really enjoyed the swim at 9 o’clock this morning, the walks in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and the meal at the local pub this evening.

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12th June 2016 RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

Wonderful display from male and female Marsh Harrier. So much to see.

I think I photographed these birds:

Avocet
Chaffinch
Cormorant
Marsh Harrier
Little Egret
Arctic Turn
Common Turn
Sandwich Turn
Robin
Sedge Warbler
Sand Martin
Swallow
Dunnock
Magpie
Grey Heron
Black-headed Gull (and chicks)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Barnacle Goose
Greylag Goose
Linnet
Redshank
Shelduck
Black-tailed Godwit

… and saw these:

Bittern (booming too)
Bearded Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Canada Goose
Wood Pigeon
Chiffchaff
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Kestrel
Kittiwake
Mallard
Mute Swan
Great Tit
Cetti’s Warbler (heard)
Reed Warbler
Jackdaw
Crow
Blackbird
Mute Swan