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2nd June 2018 – Somerset Levels

Another amazing day on the Somerset Levels: we briefly visited Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve and RSPB Greylake at the beginning and end of the day but the best was at RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve, two fantastic reserves only divided by a road but run by two different bodies.

There were regular views of bitterns, great white egrets, grey herons and marsh harriers.

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FP5A6920Great white egret

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FP5A6968Grey heron

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FP5A7021Marsh harrier

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There were plenty of other ducklings, cygnets  and (greylag goose) goslings too.

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The only small birds I managed to photograph were  a whitethroat and a young great spotted woodpecker calling for its parents.

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FP5A7175Great spotted woodpecker

The dragonflies and damselflies were everywhere.

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But above all the countryside was lush and looked amazing in the sunshine.

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Click below for gallery of photos from today’s trip: