Monday, 16 October 2017

Twice Each at Blacktoft & Ness End

Last week was rather unusual in that we only visited two instead of four locations all week.   The Tuesday and Friday sessions travelled to RSPB Blacktoft Sands, whilst Wednesday and Thursday went to Ness End Farm.  At times the lighting was atrocious, nevertheless  we had some very good sightings.
Peregrines and Lapwings at Blacktoft
Mixed waders and ducks at Marshland Hide
 Black-tailed Godwit
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Dunlin
 Dunlin - flying [undersides]
 Flying Dunlin Uppersides
 Chasing Little Egrets
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Ditto
 More Serene (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Golden Plover/Lapwing
 Golden Plover among Lapwing
 Immature Peregrine 









 Assorted Ruff 
 Ditto
 Snipe
 Snipe (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Spotted Redshank & Lapwing
 Ditto
 Spotted Redhasnk (c) 2017 Jane Robinson 
 Spotted Redshank
 Spotted redshank & Black-tailed Godwit
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Water Rail
 Ditto
 Ditto 
 Marsh Harrier
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Ditto
 Shelduck
 Meadow Pipit (c) 2017 Jane Robinson 
 Ditto
 Ditto
 pied wagtail (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
 Ditto
 Long-tailed Tit
 Heron (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
The Wednesday and Thursday groups endured rather windy conditions at Ness end.  There's no doubt that the highlight was Thursday afternoon's Bittern, but unfortunately, my camera didn't lock on to it before it disappeared out of sight!  You can just about tell what it is.
Record shot of Bittern
 Great Crested Grebe with catch 
 Fully-grown youngster in pursuit (right)








 Note the Grebe's feet visible in the adult bird (left)



 The youngster finally gives up at this point!
 Buzzard (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Curlew (c) 2017 Tony Robinson
 Fruit on Spindle-tree
 Privet