WOW!!!!!:t: Thanks John - stunning pictures. I would be over the moon if I had taken those! I did get a shot of both male and female sitting on the bank the other side of the dyke but not as good as your pictures!! I would have stayed longer the first time, BUT my non birdy youngest sister was getting cold and a bit bored! I went back again later but they were even further away up the dyke. I will be posting mine on my blog tomorrow evening. I have tons to sort through and add to my blog for the last few trips. I finish work earlier than normal this week as someone is on holiday which means I am doing the 'early' starts which be excellent for birding or sorting photos!Some pictures for Penny, who had left the hide a short time before moaning that the male was in the thick reeds and not showing!!
Nice to see you today John - you did look a little spaced out though!!!This is citrin(a), too !
In what was superb timing, I managed to miss The Waggie by a quarter of an hour. Frustratingly, I was able to log its continued presence on the internet from the 1st class lounge at Schiphol and could not have been driven back from Norwich Airport any sooner.
However, here is a bird with almost the same name, yellow and black head and white outer tail feathers from my trip to TX.
My eyes are still hooded from the effects of jet-lag.
3 Common Terns, 3 Turtle Doves, 1 male Cuckoo and 1 Common Sandpiper at Denver Sluice - a solid couple of hours this morning.
Also good numbers of warblers - is anybody else noticing this? More than last year I'd say; at least 20 Whitethroats holding territory, and 7 Lesser Whitethroats now too.
Bit of Broads birding yesterday. Common Terns all over the place at Ranworth and Barton, but no Black left, passage over for the time being.
Find of the day was not a bird but a reserve, Upton Fen NWT. Real gem this one, imagine Hickling but smaller. We enjoyed a Barn Owl hunting at close range (midday by the way), a pair of Marsh Harrier and 2 Hobby, good views of one bird flycatching mid-air. The grazing marshes look good for raptors year round, and the reed bed I would expect to hold the usual species and who knows what else. Definately a return visit in order!