Monday, 31 May 2010

Just Walking in the Rain

So Lakenheath on Saturday. Despite the atrocious weather, I managed to add 3 life ticks and a fair few year ticks.

Started with a Stone Curlew at the super secret site not far from Lakenheath. It was much stripier in real life than I had been led to expect from bird books, but very cool. Got a decent scope view before the landowner arrived. Discretion being the better part of valour, we scarpered before he could get out of his car and chase us off the public highway on which we'd stopped.

The rain started properly while we were waling round Lakenheath, and the one bit of shelter was being patrolled by a Hornet so we didn't spend too long there. No flycatchers unfortunately, but we got plenty of Beardies and a very good view of a Great Spot Woodpecker. We braved the rain to head up to the top end of the reserve, and suddenly everything kicked off. The Crane, which had been popping its head up occasionally and taunting the walking party who'd travelled to see it, took off and flew 300 yards right across the front of the watchpoint about 2 minutes after we set up there. Then a Grasshopper Warbler started reeling in the scrub, but there was no time to go look for it because suddenly there was a Bittern in the air. It boomed in flight, and then there were 2 Bitterns. And then 3. By the end of it we had 5 Bitterns in flying about in the same scope view. And 2 Marsh Harriers. It was 5 minutes of tick frenzy.

So Lakenheath delivers again, despite the rain and consequent lack of Butterflies. I don't think I've ever spent a bad day there. So I'll leave you with a picture of 4 Bitterns in the same frame, because that's not something you see every day.

My camera was tucked up safely because of the rain, so by the time I'd got over the shock of seeing all those Bitterns they were too far away for decent photos. This was taken as 4 of them came back towards the watchpoint. It's still pretty damn special.

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