Thursday, 12 July 2012
Whilst getting ready for our last day at Minsmere I spotted (excuse the pun)this Spotted Flycatcher in the bushes to the side,there ended up being three Flycatchers one of which was a youngster.Back to Minsmere and the reported Glossy Ibis was no where to be seen but we did come across this Spoonbill on the edge of one of the pools just managing a couple of pics before it took off for pastures new, moving along to the other hide in the hope of meeting up with the Hobbies again this common Tern was quite obliging for a second or so.Never had another chance at the Hobbies or the Marsh Harriers, moving on up to Hickling Broad Norfolk tomorrow in the hope of seeing some Swallowtails.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Four days spent at Minsmere and surrounding area were not disappointing in the least,firstly we were lucky in that we didn't get the monsoon type weather that you did back here in the Northeast and secondly Minsmere never seems to disappoint.This year it seems to have been the turn of the Marsh Harriers and the Hobbies ,all the pics were taken at 700mm and I still have a bit to learn regarding my b.i.f shots with the Hobbies being so fast I only managed one in flight shot.
The next pic of the Harrier caught me by surprise as it spotted some pray and was just about to strike, they are a real fearsome looking bird when you get close.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Our latest trip down to Minsmere on the Suffolk coast saw us taking a break from birding one late afternoon and doing a coastal walk past Sizewell Nuclear Power Plant, where my good lady stumbled across a small colony of Bee Orchids (she looks down and I look up) numbering up to about a dozen and included in this was a number of white Bee Orchids "Chlorantha"Var .We had never seen these before and found them quite interesting,apparently they can found on various Bee Orchid sites.I have included a crop of the "Clorantha".