Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Blashford Lakes Bittern

My work took me out of area today (perhaps I should call this Four Counties Wildlife?) so took advantage and dropped in to Blashford Lakes in Hampshire to see if the Bittern was showing. It took a while but eventually appeared...

Lovely bird, plenty of ducks around too:
Drake Gadwall

..and his partner

Loads of Pochard, including this obliging duck
Close by (although distant) at Harbridge...

One of six Bewick's Swans

The whooper

...and a few of the Greylags present

I'm almost ashamed to put this photo up but it's still a record shot of the drake Garganey on the river just south of the church at Shapwick in Dorset. The light was poor (drizzling too) and the birds were very nervous, which added up to a few grabbed shots before they sped off down river and out of sight. Could be an escape but there have been a few around and sightings of summer migrants already. That and its nervous behaviour make me think it could be a genuine bird - well worth seeing.

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