Sunday, 13 June 2010

Oare Marshes................ Finally !!!!!!!!!

Little Egret.
A trip to Oare Marshes today with some friends proved very rewarding , we ended up with 55 species at this superb reserve and i FINALLY got some half decent pics of Little Egret and Sedge warbler .

Other birds of note were Hobby , 4 Avocets , 3 Black-t- Godwits , 2 Marsh Harriers , plus a couple of summer plumage Little grebes , not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning me thinks !

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Great Lifer............... Great company !!!

Marmoras Warbler.

I teamed up with David C and Kevin Mc on Saturday are destination was Blorenge in South Wales and are target was a superb 1 s male Marmoras Warbler , and within minutes of arriving on site we were treated with good but brief views of this mega , it perched high on a gorse bush , then flew to are left and landed on another gorse bush then flew across the road into some low lying ferns out of sight , obviously we were relieved to have connected with this bird but wanted longer better views .
Whilst we were waiting for the hoped reappearance of the Marmoras we had very good views of Whinchat which were in magnificent breeding plumage and were not shy to show of either , also there were several Tree Pipits constantly keeping everyone entertained with there parachute display flights and there wonderful song .
And then the Marmoras reappeared on top of a holly bush giving everyone a much longer view , pale throat , grayish flank , upperparts and tail , bright red eye , orangery legs and bill with a darkish tip were all clearly seen , it was constantly calling and it was similar to   a   Whitethroat call , i also saw it do a couple of display flights , quite simply brilliant.

Marmoras warbler.

Other birds of note were 3 Common Buzzards , a calling Raven which was only heard and not seen , a superb male Stonechat and a distant Cuckoo calling once again only heard but not seen , there was also a couple of Willow Warblers being quite vocal but shy in showing themselves.
We were about to leave when David C  suggested with give it another 10 minutes and thankfully we did as we were treated to our best views of the Marmoras Warbler , have seen it on several occasions on various bushes it finally came to say goodbye to us by landing on a stone wall very close by and sang its heart out giving us all a very prolonged view and allowing us to get some photos , ok i know my photos are not great its just i could not resist looking at the Marmoras through my scope !
On our journey there and back we counted 4 Red Kites and approx : 4 Common Buzzards , we just had time for David and Kevin to show me there local patch at Cannons Farm , and very impressive it was to , i saw a few species such as Yellowhammer , GSWoodpecker and plenty of Linnets , so just like to end this post by thanking David and Kevin for there company on a very good day out .

Just 2 more photos to end with.