Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Sunday, 24 April 2011
A Family Trip to Rainham Marshes
A quick stop at The Chase produced 10 dog walkers, 5 mountain bikers and 2 LRPs.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Two Tree Island Black Crowned Night Heron (juv)
Last night myself, Shaun, Hawky and Jono headed out into Essex looking for 3 birds! Shouldn't be that hard you would think, that is until you realise they were not Sharon, Tracy and Chantelle but a Hoopoe, a Night Heron and a Savis Warbler!
At West Canvey RSPB we dipped the Hoopoe that had apparantly been booted into touch by photographers trying to get within a few feet of an already obliging bird, will they ever learn! Then it was up to Leigh on Sea for the now long staying juveline Black Crowned Night Heron. Jono's gen (having been already to see the bird) helped and we had good views from the sea wall. (my 3rd)Also on site were numerous Cuckoos and at least 1 Nightingale.
What's this button here for?
With less than an hour of light we headed back to Canvey and walked out to where the Savis Warbler had been seen the previous evening and heard again in the morning. It was 8.15pm by the time we found the spot and a group of 30 birders. No one had seen or heard the bird for hours and with approximately 100 million gnats feasting on our bare legs and arms we turned about face and headed back to the car.
Friday, 22 April 2011
Grasshopper Warbler showing well at The Chase 22 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Cracking hour tonight at The Chase
We moved further away and stood quietly hoping it would give itself up. We were not disappointed as 15 minutes later it perched out in the open reeling for at least 10 minutes. Unfortunately the light was not great by this time (8.10pm) so I only managed a few record shots. I should mention at this point all along a 2nd Nightingale was singing a couple of hundred yards away!
Finally on the way back to the car, a cuckoo called continuously making it 3 "patch" year ticks in an hour! I'll be back tomorrow am - looking for a Wood Sand on The Slack.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
A week in Norfolk
Slightly annoyingly the one week I was away I missed chances to go for 2 life ticks; Little Crake and Black Stork, both very gettable, but hey what can you do, you've gotta go on your hols!