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25th June 2018 – RSPB Minsmere

We love going to RSPB Minsmere (surely the Mecca for birders in the UK) as early as we can and at 7 a.m. on a lovely sunny day it was as magical as ever.

We were pleased to see the sand martins back and watched them for a while but I was quite frustrated  trying to photograph them.

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FP5A9080Sand martins

We headed out on the north bank and were greeted by the call of a cuckoo. I was very pleased to track it down and, although it was quite a long way off, I was even more pleased to get a photo (a first for me).

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We spent a little while on the beach as it was just so beautiful and then went to the East Scrape.

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What a cacophony at the East Scrape and what spectacular action. My favourite birds were the black-tailed godwits, the terns, the mediterranean gulls and the kittiwakes.

FP5A9243Common tern

FP5A9228Kittiwake

FP5A9182Black-tailed godwits

FP5A9177Black-tailed godwits

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FP5A9377Sandwich tern

FP5A9286Mediterranean gull

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We didn’t stay long but continued round past the south hides to get back to the reception and café for some breakfast which was well deserved. En route we had a very good view of a whitethroat having his breakfast.

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Fully replenished we went to the Bittern Hide and eventually on to Island Mere.

We had good views of bittern, marsh harriers and a few grey herons and plenty of other birds, insects and fish.

FP5A9499Bittern

DSC09717Marsh harrier

FP5A9472Whitethroat

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FP5A9541Four-spotted chaser

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FP5A9409Damselfly

We finished at 1 pm as we were quite exhausted and knowing that we would return later in the week.

On our return to our holiday property we were delighted (and amused) to be greeted by a partridge and 8 tiny chicks in the garden.

FP5A9574Red-legged partridge and chicks

Click below for a gallery of photos from today:

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