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5th November 2018 – Somerset Levels

As we didn’t get out at all the day before, due to the wet weather, we decided to have a trip down to Somerset. It was a murky start to the day but quite mild for November.

We started at WWT Steart Marshes and went in search of spoonbills which had been reported. The tide on the River Parrett was very low which didn’t push lots of interesting waders up on to the marshes but we were able to walk along the banks of the river and saw plenty of grey herons, little egrets, gulls and a few redshank. It was very grey but quite atmospheric.

IMG_2878The River Parrett looking towards the sea.

IMG_2879The River Parrett looking towards Bridgwater.

From along this path we could see the pool behind the Quantock Hide. There were three spoonbills but they were not being very cooperative and were hiding their spoon bills.

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Throughout the reserve their were large flocks of birds such as wood pigeon, linnets, goldfinch, starling, and lapwings but with the poor light they were not easy to photograph.

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However, every now and again it was a little brighter and I did manage some shots of individual birds (and other animals).

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DSCF4502Pied wagtail
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On the way home we called in at Westhay Moor Nature Reserve in the hope of seeing bearded tit but we had no luck and the best we saw was a great white egret and great-crested grebe.

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From the hides we did get lovely views of the Somerset Levels/

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In the fields all around we saw lots of little egret, grey heron, buzzards and masses of starlings.

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DSCF5406Grey heron

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And starlings everywhere

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It probably would have been a great evening to see murmurations of starlings but by this time we had had enough and were glad to make our way home.

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