5th July 2018 : Oare Marshes
Black Winged Stilt.
On Thursday the 5th July news of a family party of Black winged Stilts had appeared at Oare marshes , so without haste i headed straight there and although they were not in view at first they flew up from the south west lagoon and landed in the South east corner , i made my way around towards the sluice and met up with MW and had decent scope views of this superb family of Black winged Stilts comprising of 2 Ad & 2 Juvs.
♂ Black winged Stilt.
I was informed that they had successfully bred in a private location on Sheppy (i had heard rumors of this a few weeks before) , so i am absolutely delighted to see the family party here.
♂ & ♀ Black winged Stilt.
2 Juvenile Black winged Stilts.
The light wasn't great for photography but i really did enjoy just watching these stunning looking birds , hopefully they will stick around for awhile so others can see them to.
Black winged Stilt.
2nd July 2018 : Kilnsea Wetlands & Beacon Ponds
On Monday the 2nd July i was invited to Kilnsea Wetlands & Beacon ponds in the hope of seeing the Squacco Heron , although i have seen 2 before in the UK (Kent & Somerset) and plenty abroad i fancied a days birding and seeing yet another Squacco Heron would be great to.
Avocet coming into land.
A long story short we didn't see the Squacco Heron but had a great days birding with 100+ Little Gulls with most of them being adult birds , truly an amazing sight.
Huge numbers of Little Gull.
Adult Little Gull.
Little Gulls in flight.
There was plenty of waders around including some close views of Avocet, i also added my first Curlew Sandpiper of the year , plenty of Redshank, Dunlin and a single Knot were all seen.
Whilst scanning through the Black headed Gulls, Sandwich Terns & Little Gulls something seemed to spook them and they all took to the sky and i got onto a superb Roseate Tern which flew right towards us and flew over our heads calling .
Adult Roseate Tern.
A really enjoyable days birding at one of the UK's premier sites.