Bittern, Snipe and Flocks

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

1st Bittern

The sun came out

Bittern in Full View

It then posed

Posing Again

It then came even closer

Bittern Close Up

No wonder they are hard to see

In the Reeds

And then it was off

Right, I'm 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

3 Snipes

Who says brown is boring, the markings are exquisite

Snipe 1

Great Little bird

Snipe

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

Flock 2

Flock 1