22nd-23rd April 2017

April 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Cetti's Part 2

If you haven't read my most recent blog you may like to start there! Not only had I had really good views of these secretive birds but I had my first photos ever. So, unable to resist I went back.

Thought of calling this blog: Black to Backtoft! Probably best not. Anyway, the birds were still showing well. Here they are.

This bird was on the right hand entrance pool. Sedge warblers were showing too, doing little song flights.

Turning left by reception this bird showed quite confidently a few meters further on.
I must admit I like this rather different view of a Cetti's! I'm sure you know that feeling when you just have to scratch your chin with your right foot! Carrying on round the reserve... Some people claimed this as their Cetti's - birders like a bit of wishful thinking... A couple more distant views of Missus Monty [see last blog for better shots]. Some nice duck shots: garganey, pochard and shoveler. Avocets were mating at Marshland. Then a snooze. Finally from by the toilet block I snapped a tree sparrow: a bird we are lucky enough to take for granted: in many parts of the country this is a pretty rare bird. Next day I went back in the afternoon. The cetti's were still showing but seemed more restless - maybe there were just too many people about. This dunnock posed for me...

...and a male marsh harrier flew overhead by Xerox. The drake garganey showed in good light and I was lucky to catch a display shot. Chiffchaff sang from the main path.


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