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20th September 2022 – Chew Valley lake, North Somerset

I spent a very pleasant day birdwatching at Chew Valley lake. The water is very low (as in most parts of the country) and so most of the birds of interest were at quite some distance. Fortunately, I had my telescope with me and particularly enjoyed watching an osprey and a pectoral sandpiper.

I gather the marsh harrier I saw, with a tag VJ, is a Norfolk bird.

At the end of the day I managed to photograph two different water rails (generally very secretive birds).

Osprey
Marsh harrier

Pectoral sandpiper

Great spotted woodpecker

Little egret

Cattle egret

Water rail

Slideshow of today’s photos: