Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Glossy Ibis puts on a Show

Glossy Ibis at Stodmarsh.

On Sunday 20th October i called into Stodmarsh in the hope of seeing the Glossy Ibis that had been showing well from the Reed bed hide and i wasn't disappointed , on my arrival at the hide i met up with Martyn , Steve and Tim and a very enjoyable birding session was had. 

Lovely green sheen on wings.

As luck would have it the Glossy Ibis had flown off about 5 mins before i got there , how many times have we heard that statement ...lol however i was reliably informed that it does this quite often and will return , sure enough Martyn picked it out in the distance and eventually the Ibis circled around and eventually landed close in near the hide , great views were obtained of this prehistoric looking bird .

White speckling on head and neck .

Size comparison next to a Greylag Goose.

I had a really enjoyable couple of hours here , other birds of note were , Marsh Harrier , Teal , Shoveler and Cettis Warbler calling in the distance , we also had an adult and juv. Great Crested Grebe close in .

Adult Great Crested Grebe.

Juv. Great Crested Grebe.