Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010

Spoonbill

Spoonbill
Spoonbill: Birdguides Photo of the Year 2012 Runner-up

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Suffolk Day 2; A Nightingale, A Closer Tern And A Stupid Duck

With lovely weather (despite a very cold wind) I decided to stay on for another day.  First stop was Westleton Heath which I have never visited before despite driving past it on numerous occasions.  A pair of Stonechats were the first find, and the highlight was a singing Nightingale.  Although I couldn't see it, it was only a matter of feet away as it produced its incredible song.

On to Minsmere again. Plans to try the Marsh Harriers again were forgotten as the White-winged Black Tern was still present and had moved closer to one of the hides, sometimes coming within striking distance:



Waders present included Greenshank, as well as a good number of Bar-tailed Godwit and the resident Avocets:



The pool near the visitor centre held a couple of dragonflies which were posing nicely.  I believe this is a Four-spotted Chaser:


Back in the Bittern Hide a large family of Red Deer swam across one of the channels:


Just before leaving a duck Mallard decided to take its seven ducklings right in front of a fishing Grey Heron.  Shrieks of horror came out of the hide as, not surprisingly, the Heron took one of the young birds.  It flew a short distance before giving the bird a shake to break its neck, before swallowing it whole, head first.  Slightly bizarrely it spent about a minute with the birds legs sticking out either side of its mouth. 



The Mallard went on its way with six ducklings left to live another day.

1 comment:

  1. I found your website whilst trying to work out what kind of birds are painted at the bottom left of the Lady of Shallot http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/JWW_TheLadyOfShallot_1888.jpg. I wonder if you recognise them.

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