Sunday, 11 September 2011

Little Bittern....Titchwell

Juvenile Little Bittern.

A trip to Titchwell rspb reserve  on Saturday 10th was amazing , i was hoping to connect with 3 target birds , Little Bittern , Cattle Egret and Buff - Breasted Sandpiper and i was not disappointed , i started of first for the Little Bittern which had been seen briefly the day before and only in flight before i got there , so i thought my chances were pretty slim to be honest , well i could not believe my luck , i had only just settled along side the large gathered fellow birders when it appeared more or less right in front of us , what a really smart bird , it was just creeping along the reeds slowly giving us all some excellent views , in the rush of birders desperate to see it my coat and scope were lost in the crowd ( i did find them later ) being a bit short i was struggling to see over the reeds to get a better view but eventually it appeared right out in the open whilst it was moving through the reeds .

Another view of the Little Bittern.

I watched this bird for a good length of time before it moved out of sight , this was  the first one i have seen since the eighties !!! I decided to move on to see if i could re locate the Cattle Egret which i needed for the year list ,  i walked along the main track when i saw two birders getting excited setting up there scopes as i approached them and sure enough  they had   re located the Cattle Egret  perched in the distant dead trees the Harriers normally use , i then moved onto the new hide at Titchwell and was soon enjoying the Buff- Breasted Sandpiper , really like these birds unfortunately it was a bit to far for a photo but great views through the scope was seen , there were Redshank , Ruff and a really smart Spotted Redshank nearby , a really great visit.

I decided to have another  for the Little Bittern and would you believe it  once again i more or less saw it straight away , simply stunning .  I took a photo of this dragonfly , not sure what it is but very smart looking all the same .               
Dragonfly Species.
After a little bit of research i believe the Dragonfly above is a Migrant Hawker .