Saturday, 22 August 2009

Bird Fair

Greenshank at Brandon Marsh

Friday 21st August 2009
Visited the Great British Birdfair extravaganza at Rutland Water on Friday. Quite an enjoyable and relaxed day despite the crowds. Didn't have to queue for anything, although it was a bit disconcerting going to the toilet with loads of telescopes pointing at you from a big tent. Luckily they were at least 50 metres away.
You can always guarantee to meet meeting of few old friends and a couple of younger ones and then of course theres always Bernard. Bernard was inquiring about far away places with strange sounding names. Me? I was more interested in trips closer to home. I was quite impressed with the new lagoons complete with a pair of Ospreys. There's no half measures at Rutland water if they do a job they do it properly. Or so it seems to me, the hides and screening are excellent. -
and a brief mention to the lady who wound her car window down to say thankyou when I pulled over to let her through on the way out. Class!

Saturday 22nd August
Brandon Marsh - had a stroll around Brandon Marsh. The recent strong winds had eased so it felt quite warm in the sun. Teal pool had a Greenshank, East Marsh had a Dunlin although I didnt see it and from Carlton hide there were 2 Green Sanpipers, 1 Heron, 7 Photographers, 1 Hobby briefly, and 1 Common Snipe.

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