Wednesday at the park saw the super highway to the hide requiring different footwear ( ski's or mud boots perhaps )but the Bitterns and Otters were out in force, no ice this time and the sun did try on occasions here's a few pics.
They did manage to catch a sizeable Roach/Rudd from the margins but were reluctant to share.
This one managed to get a little too close.
PS Hide record still stands at (9) very cosy again.
A little late this post really as it was last Wednesday that our visit took place, on arrival the lake was frozen over and remained that way for the duration of our stay. I believe Gosforth is looking for a record of how many people you can squeeze in a small bird hide nine (9)adults as it stands at the moment (quite cosy it was) however Bitterns were the hope for the day and they didn't disappoint, some had better views than others depending on where you were sat !!
You can see what looks like ice on the bitterns back ?
As my mate and I were only having a morning out we decided to visit Far Pasture. We had quite a wait for the sun to get above the trees and give off some reasonable light. A lone Signet patrolled the open water and the Water Rails were quite active around the fringes of the pond a distant Red Kite caught our eye, then two, then three. As they got closer two of them landed in the trees opposite one of which was displaying a white and blue wing tag with the number 76 on its left wing .
No tags on these shots tho.
My research into the white wing tag with the blue stripe on the bottom indicates the bird was tagged in the midlands in 2001 or 2010 i presume the number 76 would indicate which year ,a lot of Kites in the wild can live well into there teens( given a fair wind).
A shout from the kitchen ended my morning shave incomplete,there's a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in the garden. Its a good number of years ago since I last saw one of these moths and didn't manage any photo's then, these guys don't hang around very long so it was a mad scramble for the gear.
Not the best of pics but I was half covered in shaving foam(that's my excuse anyway )_.
I don't recall any other place that I have camped with the motor-home and managed to see Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Red Kite, Buzzard x 2, Green Woodpecker, and Cuckoo all before 8-30 am from the van doorway.
Anyway here's my alarm clock
On our way to Minsmere we stood on a small bridge and watched the Banded Demoiselles dancing between the reed stems.
This Demoiselle was a little larger with a broader wing and does not show the white dots on the wing which leads us to believe it could be a Beautiful Demoiselle!.
Our goal for the day was to try for the Dartford Warbler on Dunwich Heath, here's a few birds we spotted on the way.
We believe this to be a young Whichat ! which was absolutely stunning.
The Dartford Warblers proved elusive at first but did manage a few distant shots.
I had a great week down at Minsmere with lots to see, first up and taking centre stage were the Bitterns offering me the best in-flight shots I have had heres just a few.
There were lots of people about, probably due to the fact that Spring Watch was present on the reserve,I seem to struggle trying for a decent photo of a Marsh Harrier and this next pic is no exception I only put it up for what it is carrying :yes half a rabbit;.
plenty of these about but no offspring due to the black-back gulls camped near bye.
I will pull out some more pics from Minsmere and surrounding areas for part two.