Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Summer is here

Been very busy over the last few weeks and blog posting has been very scarce of late. Local patch birding has been relatively quiet with the majority of interesting sightings coming from breeding bird populations, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Moths seen.

About 2 weeks ago I took a visit to the Somerset levels Ham Wall RSPB reserve to look for the usual wetland target species: Bittern, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret and much more great birds.
It was bird packed day with lots of Bittern and Great White Egret nesting activity from courtship displays, feeding flights and territory disputes.  Raptor's at Ham Wall were very active too with at least a dozen Hobbies hawking the vast numbers of dragonflies present. Also saw Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier. Other highlights from the day include Bearded Reedling, Water Rail Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Cuckoo, Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler and plenty of different Dragonfly species including Common Chaser, Red Darter, Four-spot Chaser, Hawker sp, Blue-tailed Damselfy, Blue Damselfy & Red Damselfly

Here's a few images of Great White Egrets from Ham Wall.

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