|Great White Egret|
|Sparrowhawk on Catcott Lows|
There was an astounding number of starlings, as hoped, and the evening was pretty perfect being calm, clear and sunny. Noone was quite sure where the birds would settle and we chased around a bit trying to stay ahead of them. They flew in endlessly, spread out across the sky in huge streams - silhouetted against the sunset.
Initially the flocks assembled into two main groups at the Canada Farm end of Shapwick Heath, flying over our heads in great, spine tingling whooshes, occasionally harassed by a sparrow hawk.
Later, as dusk fell, the two groups joined up, with the northern flock streaming over the main track and canal, to join the southern flock. Their reflection in the perfectly still water was stunning and as the light faded it was easier to see their reflections than the actual birds against the darkening sky. Eventually they all settled down into a chattering mass and everyone drifted off home. A great experience.
A great day and excellent company.