Igaraçu do Tietê getinge romantisk dejt We had a great trip to Slimbridge on Saturday. The aim was to see the Bittern, my bogey bird. We have tried loads of times, including last weekend. I was determined not to leave the Zeiss hide until we had seen it, it had been showing all week. When we got there it hadn’t been seen yet, typical. Never mind let’s try anyway. 50 minutes passed… then there it was, emerging from the reeds and crossing the open patch they had cut for it. As if by some divine providence the sun came out. 1 minute of viewing pleasure! What a bird.
Our first view
The sun came out
It then posed
It then came even closer
No wonder they are hard to see
And then it was off
I sent some photos to Slimbridge and to my delight they put one on their website http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/slimbridge/sightings/2011/12/04/todays-sightings/
We then headed off to the Martin Smith Hide to try and spot the Snipe, instead of having them pointed out to us. We picked the hard birds yesterday! We found 2 , and then a 3rd, discover the 3rd was in fact 2 together, and a 5th.
There’s three in here, honest
Who says brown is boring, the markings are exquisite
Great Little bird
There were loads of over birds around too. 1000s of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Graylags, White Fronted geese, Bewick’s and all the ducks you could shake a stick at. They were very flighty and there were some amazing flock take off. A gorgeous sight