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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 12:42 am    Post subject: Bitterns ago-go Reply with quote

Today's Somerset Level's visit was a corker...I walked 100yds from the car park, lifted my new bins to test them on a flying heron, and it turned out to be a bittern! The bird showed itself again flying low over the reeds.

Thousands of swifts and some swallows were hawking over the water, obviously finding the insects low down - probably struggling a bit.

Noah's hide gave me great views of 6+ hobbies and six whimbrels, plus warblers, gc grebes etcs. but I got really cold.

Walked back to car to warm up, then thought that I would cross road to the next area (Ham Wall NR) just in case there was something special around before I went home.

An old guy approached me and asked if I knew the area and what was about...I was able to turn round and point out a marsh harrier being mobbed by crows!

Wandered back and then saw another bittern (had already heard it booming). Waited a further along and it rose from the reeds like a phoenix.

Here are the rather dodgy photos to prove the above:


Bittern
Bittern
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Bittern
Bittern
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Harrier
Harrier
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Harrier
Harrier
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Harrier
Harrier
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Swift
Swift
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Oh...and this is a local celeb who loves the birds...I think that he knew that I was taking his picture! Smile


Terrier
Terrier
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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's brilliant, Peter, I've never seen a bittern. I bet it was a bit draughty out there yesterday, though! Very Happy
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter - I'm so envious, we must get to the Levels this year! We'll be in Cornwall in July (with gasteropod and family) so perhaps we could have a few days to visit Slimbridge and the Levels on the way home. Smile
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strixaluco wrote:
Peter - I'm so envious, we must get to the Levels this year! We'll be in Cornwall in July (with gasteropod and family) so perhaps we could have a few days to visit Slimbridge and the Levels on the way home. Smile


If you do go, email me and I will give the hot-spots that I know about.
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kit wrote:
That's brilliant, Peter, I've never seen a bittern. I bet it was a bit draughty out there yesterday, though! Very Happy


Very brrr - someone referred to the weather as !wintery" - saying how unusal it was to hear screaming swifts in winter... Very Happy
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