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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