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Friday, 28 November 2008

26-11-08 Snow Goose but no Bittern

Wednesday I went back for the reported Snow Goose near Holywell it was in a field with about 20 Greylag , but they all took off and headed west so I took a few flight shots.

Next stop Cresswell the Bittern is still being seen and the water level has dropped so it was worth a visit, the Bittern had been out in the open for a few seconds on the east side , but also around a pair of Mergansers, Goldeneye, Wigeon , Teal, Tufted , Little Grebes , on the sand bank hundreds of Lapwings with Dunlin, Redshank, a few Curlew and further over Golden Plover, the Otter Swam across the pond with an eel and went into the reeds, a Merlin came through a couple of times and even settled on the large log, with Sparrowhawk over the far end , a Kingfisher settled on the post down the cut & 4 Whoopers low over the fields, no sign of the Bittern for me and I was there till dark, a Short Eared Owl hunting over the field east of the hide was worth the wait

Snow Goose with Greylag near Holywell

Snow Goose with Greylag near Holywell

Lapwing digiscoped on the now exposed sand bank

Kingfisher near the outflow, digiscoped

Merlin came through a couple of times then sat on the log, digiscoped

Merlin flying across the pond

Nice pair of Red Breasted Mergansers in front of the hide

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