Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Bittern Naturally

Bittern, Ladywalk N.R.
Water Rail

Water Rail

Thursday 1st December 2011

I had neglected Ladywalk recently, so decided to give it a go today. The bushes on the walk down to the hides seemed to hold good flocks of winter thrushes, with Bullfinchs and Great spotted Woodpeckers also showing. A grey wagtail was also seen on the puddles formally known as the fishing pools. From Hide B I only had to wait a matter of a few minutes before the Bittern was seen creeping through the reeds. Although it was never out in the open it was still a treat to see such a magnificent bird. It flew further along the reed bed and showed briefly before disappearing completely for the rest of the afternoon. A Water rail was seen moving restlessly in the reeds and a Sparrowhawk was seen at close quarters. Other birds seen on the reserve included roosting Tawny Owl, and Goosander with Cetti's warbler heard at the North end.

1 comment:

  1. Nice shots Bob.I haven't seen a Water Rail for ages now.