Saturday, 27 April 2013

27th April: Black-winged Stilts Ham Wall

I had a wonderful surprise this morning when I was scanning from the 2nd viewing platform at Ham Wall RSPB and picked out 2 Black-winged Stilts at the very back of the lagoon. They were very distant, but birds like this are unmistakeable however far away they are!

With a drake Garganey!

Very distant, but you can tell what they are
 Earlier in the day, I saw the drake Wood Duck that has been hanging around Meare Heath for a few days. It's almost certainly escaped from somebody's wildfowl collection, but it's a beautiful bird for sure.

Wood Duck
Just before midday, a report on the Somerset Ornithological Society Message Board of a Black kite West over Noah's had me rushing out to try and intercept it. I couldn't find the Kite but an Osprey flying low West over Catcott SWT was a nice consolation prize.


A marginally better photo of the one of the Stilts from the afternoon

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