A fantastic day out yesterday on the wonderful Somerset Levels (even if it was very overcast and a bit on the cool side). The haul was as follows:
- Bittern (x2)
- Marsh harrier
- Short-eared owl
- Peregrine falcon
- Water rail
- Pair of goosanders
- Great White egret
- Teal, wigeon, pintail, gadwall, G-C Grebe, lapwing, little egrets
- Lots of small birds.
The light was poor and the birds were usually too far away for photos, but I recorded them anyway. The bittern and short-eared owl flew right over head, but I only had my camera ready for the former.
I decided to make a long awaited return visit to Westhay. This is now one of the quieter reserves in the area, and I hoped that I might just see an otter. This was not to be, but the species count was exciting anyway.
The day started off with a plopping sound in a rhyne as some frogs hid in the water. The spawn giving away their location:
|Marsh harrier and scared ducks|
The day was characterised by a lot of patient waiting. Some friendly fellow birders and I waited for the owl to reappear - it didn't.