Thursday, 6 February 2014

A Focus on Somerset

Last weekend I was joined on the Avalon Marshes by a group from A Focus on Nature, a network of young nature conservationists that I recently became a member of. Check out their website for more info on the network, and if your 16-30 and passionate about wildlife, get yourself signed up!

Saturday was spent birding on Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath where despite some horrendous weather we racked up a decent list of birds between us. The reserves are absolutely chock full of ducks at the moment, with the 2nd viewing platform and Noah's Lake being particularly busy with Teal, Shoveler, Pintail and Wigeon, but unfortunately there was no sign of the drake Green-winged teal I had on Friday. Grey Herons were starting to show signs of nesting behaviour, defying the distinctly un-spring-like weather, and the usual suspects; Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret etc. all put in appearances.

Sunday at Westhay Moor was all about wildlife photography, and we were delighted to see clear blue skies in the morning. Westhay may not have the species diversity of nearby reserves but a range of well placed hides make this a great site for taking photos, making up for a lack of opportunities in the rain the previous day.

Great White Egret