A New Year – And Nailed Bittern Already!!!

musica de termino de namoro nacional Ambāh An early start today saw us going to Slimbridge for the Birdwatch morning with the wardens Martin and James to get the year list off to a good start. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great for photos but managed to get one or two nice ones, and we had some great sightings.

My bogey bird has definitely been put to bed now, we had amazing views of the Bittern again. It was stood right on the edge of the reeds, and then came out right in front of the hide.

Even on the edge of the reeds they are really well camouflaged

Where Is It?

Moving can help get a better view

In the Reeds

It started wobbling, I think it was going to the loo

Shaking

Suddenly it rushed out into the open. It could only have been about 15 foot away – incredible views. As it came out, a volley of cameras went off, it sounded like a barrage of AK47s, very funny! Cue raucous laughter, luckily the Bittern didn’t seem concerned by the shutter noise.

Out In The Open

Bittern

Then it went back into the reeds and melted away

Almost Gone

We finally found the Lesser Scaup on the pool by the Robbie Garnett Hide. It was closer than the one we saw last year, but all it did was sleep!

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Waders were everywhere with Lapwing, Curlew, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Ruff and more ducks and geese than you could shake a stick at – Wigeon, Pochard, Pintail, Tufties, Teal, Gadwall, White Fronted Geese, Continental Greylags and of course Bewicks.

Loadsa Birds

Golden Plover

Golden Plover Flock

Dunlin and Lapwing

Lapwing and Dunlin

A nice juvenile Common Gull

Common Gull

Also we saw a wild Mandarin. This bird has paired with a captive female that forms part of the Slimbridge Collection

Mandarin

Also had great views of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Peregrine.

All in all a great start to the year and we totted up 65 species.