Friday, 4 May 2012
Making the most of a miserable May day.
With yet another overcast day prospects for a trip out with the camera where not looking good, however after the downpour between 9 and 10 it brightened up so out I went. I decided on a visit to Oare marshes to try and locate the Grasshopper Warbler that has been around for a few days now and showing quite well. I meet Steve Ashton by the east flood where we had a quick scan to see what was about, lots of Swallows flying low over the pools with the odd Swift and Martin we watched their aerobatics for a while along with a Little Egret that was happy catching fresh water shrimps by the cattle bridge. We made our way to the entrance to the west flood where the warbler was supposed to be and we were immediately on it. This was my first connection with a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and I was thrilled with such a good sighting. It was a bit distant but a few images were taken. We moved on with the photos in the bag and headed for the west flood hide, not much there , a pair of Avocet, Little Grebes and a few Sedge Warblers. After a cuppa we headed back past the Gropper that had gone silent, apparently it reels morning and late afternoon. We amused ourselves watching Whitethroat, Linnets, Goldfinches and on the east flood one Yellow Wagtail. A Kestrel was hovering over the water, we watched it fly off with a small catch and disappear over the road. Not to many ducks on view, several Egrets were now about and in the distance a Nightingale could be heard. It was a dull overcast day making the photography challenging but all in all very enjoyable.