At Westhay SWT Reserve the summer warblers were hard at it, proclaiming their territory, along with the booming bitterns, under the shadow of a number of marsh harriers hunting the reed-beds. I saw my first swift, house martins and later swallows of the year, with sand martins chattering above too.
Water rails screeched, but kept elusive, and the occasional pink-pink of bearded tits was almost as frustrating - until I caught one flash of orange dive into the reeds.
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve had some special visitors too - glossy ibis, yellow wagtails (4 - all the colour of canaries), a little-ringed plover, black tailed godwits (many in their summer plumage) and a short eared owl.
These beauties were all rather far away, but being able to view them through a borrowed Swarovski scope allowed me to get great views. The photos are therefore very much record shots...:
|Glossy ibis in the distance|
|Short-eared owl - very calm and relaxed|
|Glastonbury Tour seen from Avalon Marshes|