Monday, 19 July 2010

Black Redstarts at Sizewell

Two record shots of the Black Redstarts at Sizewell Power Station, the reward for our post-lunch stroll!!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

White-tailed Lapwing Video

Gen managed to take this short video, in order to get as much photographic evidence as possible to enable identification. It was taken with a handheld compact camera through her scope, in hot and windy conditions. Nevertheless it shows the bird clearly enough. 

Monday, 12 July 2010

White-tailed Lapwing

We, that is Gen, Carolyn and I, went to Dungeness in search of Purple Heron. After a lengthy wait at the viewpoint one was seen flying over the reed beds at a distance. Unfortunately we were too busy watching to get any photos. Great view of the visiting Great White Egret close to where the Purple Herons had established their nest site.

A visit to the ARC pit produced an unexpected 'Mega', great excitement as we came to the conclusion that we were looking at a White-tailed Lapwing!! A couple of birdwatchers joined us and agreed our conclusions. Between rushing back to the Visitor centre to find a warden and getting back to the pit the WT Lapwing had been harassed by E.Lapwings and spooked by a young Marsh Harrier, flying up high towards the Reserve. As we left the site the local birding enthusiasts (Twitchers) started to pile into the car park! We showed them our record shots and they went off to try and relocate the bird. Luckily for them it was still around and was watched for the rest of the evening.

What a fantastic days birding!!

Friday, 9 July 2010