Monday, March 07, 2005

Nene Washes, part 2

In the late afternoon yesterday (6.3.05), I was acting as a volunteer, helping out Jonathan Taylor of the RSPB on an RSPB bird walk along the bank at Eldernell (Cambs), overlooking the Nene Washes. We saw some superb stuff, with Tree Sparrows at the feeders, then great views of Barn Owl, exceptional views of a Short-eared Owl (even for those who joined us without binoculars) and some pleasing Brown Hare action.
As it got colder, things got hotter, with JT finding a first-winter Iceland Gull on the wash (the reserve's first). Here is a distant shot in fading light.

Then, some Whooper Swans came in accompanied by a European White-fronted Goose, which judging by the restricted white on its 'front', was probably a first-winter bird (a very scarce species in these parts). Again, a very ropey photo...

Finally, while still light at 6 o'clock, those of us who waited were treated to a 'glowing' Bittern drifting in from the west to its favourite roost site in the north-west corner of Eldernell Pit. No photos but the strongest lasting memories for me of a great walk.
Nikon Coolpix 880 + Kowa TSN-821 + 32xW LER

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