Saturday, 6 November 2010

Fabulous Bluetail

 First stop the Willow Trail at the ARC Pit. As i climbed the mound at the end a superb Bittern took off from just a few yards away and quickly disappeared behind the willows.(To slow with the camera). Returning to the hide  3 Redpolls dropped into the small birches but litte else. From the hide 3 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egrets and a Marsh Harrier along with the usual duck. Next stop the Fishing Boats where a Merlin steaked through and 2 Yellow -legged gulls were in the roost. A sweep of the sea revealed 92 Great Crested Grebes , 36 Gannets and a distant Auk Sp. Back to the ARC where i got a call from Geoff Gowlett asking what i knew about a Red-Flanked Bluetail at Dunge. Nothing i told him. A miute later he called back to to say it was at Denge Marsh and 5 minutes later i was watching a stunning Bluetail with Sussex so frustratingly close in the background. (Thanks Geoff) I spent most of the rest of the day wathing the Bluetail when it showed intermittently. The  Great White Egret also showed from time to time.

1 comment:

  1. Wow what a find. Congratulations. And great shots too. I bet you took at least 800 to get the 2 you posted here. :-) Looking at mu bird book It seems that Tarsiger cyanurus is native to northern russia, and occasionally is seem in Finland. I wonder what one is doing in Kent?