Sunday, 27 October 2013

Creek Hide - Teifi Marshes

Reports of an avocet seen at the Creek Hide but we did not find any. Our best effort was a curlew:

And a female goosander:

A good day at Penclacwydd - Llanelli WWT

But not for the poor water vole:

There were three glossy ibis around the reserve, here is an image of two of them in flight:

And this is one of them in front of the Observatory:

And an image of a  spoonbill in flight:

Friday, 25 October 2013

A cormorant at the Teifi Marshes Reserve

Nothing unusual in that - except that these images are from the Creek Hide:

and the Kingfisher Hide:

Not the Curlew hide as usual - with the cormorants on the river Teifi.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Norfolk - rest of the week

The rest of the week included a second visit to Cley Marshes and a second visit to Titchwell. We also spent a day at Pensthorpe. The 'new' birds are:

Pensthorpe has an aviary enclosure where there are 'captive' bearder tits (or bearded readling):

These Egyptian Geese were on Salthouse Marsh near to our cottage:

This knot was taken from one of the hides at Titchwell:

As was this meadow pipit:

And this Ruff:

Norfolk - day 3

The best day of the week by far - spent in Titchwell RSPB. Some of the birds seen:

Curlew sandpiper



Little Stint:


In addition saw distant views of a snow bunting and grey plover.

Norfolk - day 2

A quiet day at Cley Marshes. Not much bird movement, managed this shot of a lapwing in flight:

and this image of a redshank:

Norfolk - day 1

After a five hour drive we just wanted a short walk to clear our heads, so just explore Salthouse. Were very lucky to get this image of a golden plover:

Did not realise how lucky we were at the time - went to the same location several times that week and saw very little. Also managed this view of a ringed plover:

Saw this kestrel hovering over the marsh. It turned out to be the most frustrating bird of the week. Saw one several times, but as we approached it would move away. When we managed to get in front some gulls or crows would mob it and it would disappear in the distance. Did not manage one head on shot - they were all 'bum' shots like this: