Garth Peacock
Just about caught up on recent events.

Archive

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbrisge WWT Gloucesterdhire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

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

View Blog Archive >>
Monday 23rd July 2018

I have ventured forth on a couple of occasions over the past few weeks. On 12th July, being my first trip out since my operation, I decided to go to Welney WT as a pair of Spoonbills had been reported.

Only once have I been lucky with this species - in 2008 at Grafham Water and any other encounters have been very distant. I was hoping for some nice close action shots but had to be satisfied with distant action shots. In any event, they usually spend most of the day asleep.

Arriving at the hide, no Spoonbills were apparent until a juvenile started to feed. After a while, an adult appeared from behind an island and from then on was pestered by the juvenile for food, despite it being able to feed on it's own.

Not much of significance after that.

Last Wednesday, 18th July, a friend and I were attracted to north Norfolk as a rarity, Lesser Yellowlegs, had been reported at Titchwell RSPB. This is an american wader that sometimes looses it's way on migration and instead of travelling south in the USA, migrates southwards in Europe. I have only ever seen one other of this species, at nearby Thornham in 2007. As soon as we arrived in the hide, it was feeding in front of us with the sun shining too.

We stayed for most of the morning with it performing on and off although it was getting more and more cloudy. I dislike photos of birds on grey water - most uninteresting - so it was a case of pick and choose.

The usual Ruff were feeding.

We moved on at  lunch but with nothing around the usual haunts, returned to Titchwell. I was now very overcast and not much else around of interest. We will see what the really hot weather brings this week but not expecting too much.