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10th October 2021 – Catcott Moor, Somerset Levels

We had a very enjoyable hour or so in glorious sunshine at Catcott Moor on the Somerset Levels this afternoon. There is a very pleasant hide here looking across the moor towards Glastonbury Tor but we benefited fully from this lovely October day by watching from behind a screen at the side of the hide. From here we had good views of three marsh harriers and a stonechat. There was also a roe buck in an adjoining field and driving to the hide we also saw 17 little egret in one field.

Marsh harrier flying across the moor with Glastonbury Tor in the background
Roe buck
Stonechat
Marsh harrier
Marsh harrier
Marsh harrier
The little egret were very difficult to photograph in the bright light
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5th October 2021 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

After a cold and blustery morning I had decent light on my walk around Duchess Pond in Stoke Park Estate this afternoon. As well as the grey heron and the stonechats in my photos I saw six swallows lingering before their flights back to Africa. Even the castle (the Dower House) looked good in the sunshine.

Stonechat
Stonechat
A fairer representation of the stonechat’s size
The Dower House