Garth Peacock
A couple of days in my home county

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Slimbrisge WWT Gloucesterdhire

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To end January 2020...

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That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

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Friday 12th September 2014

Last Tuesday, 9th September, I decided to try a new site, Burwell Fen, part of the Wicken Fen complex. Recent sightings included a Pectoral Sandpiper and some Little Stints as well as a variety of other waders. However, the lack of photos from the site could indicate that it is birding site and not for photography and this proved to be the case.

It was just not possible to get close to the birds without flushing them so I had to be satisfied with long distance views throught the bins. Walking back to the car, I noticed some birds flitting about in the reeds and soon identified them as three Whinchats, a species that seem to be missing the county this year on their migration so a couple of hours was well spent although the resulting images are not the best.

The next day, a friend and I decided to try Kings Dyke Whittlesey, just east of Peterborough. Good views of Kingfisher had been reported.

This is a super well managed site, the weather was perfect so we expected great things. Arriving in the hide, there were some regular locals there who confirmed that the Kingfishers are regular - well not this day unfortunately. So it was a case of making the best of it by photographing common stuff.

Loads of Moorhen about, both adult and juvenile.

and then a juvenile proceeded to climb on a branch and preen.

Plenty of Coot with one giving a wing-flap after a preening session

and around 10 or so Little Grebe, a juvenile showing well in front of the hide

and then a 5 minute set to by a couple of adults in the middle of the mere that caused some excitement

Rather disappointing overall but a few more images in the Recent Additions section.