Wednesday, 14 May 2014

RSPB's Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath NNR - spectacular

FOR exciting wildlife experiences, RSPB's Ham Wall nature reserve and Shapwick Heath NNR rarely let you down, and last Sunday was no exception.

The bird life there is fantastic and it is possible to get quite close up to capture images.  Large water birds, such as this cormorant below, thrive, although the cormorants former nest site is no longer used, I expect due to high water levels.


For once, however, I took a different approach and looked carefully and patiently at some of the small ditches and found them to be just as full of life as the trees, dense shrubs, open water and reed-beds.  There were many small frogs and also smooth newts - the one in the photo below was laying eggs.  A number of dragonflies have also now emerged and these are fresh and unblemished.


However, once again the stars of the show were the bitterns and a very close marsh harrier.  They seemed to be very active and quarrelsome, wheeling around the in the air in a slow chase.

Swifts, a Hercules and two bitterns (at the bottom)
A little egret:

Black-tailed godwits:

A beautiful marsh harrier quartered the reedbeds hunting for a meal:

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