Saturday, 22 August 2015

Great White Egret at Strumpshaw: and lots more besides!

Linda having been unlucky with the long-staying GWE on several occasions, we were up and out early and at the Fen by 7.15. First bird was a Kingfisher at Reception (the first of three we saw) It was distant, so we walked around to Tower Hide: no sign of the GWE, but there was a couple of nice guys for company, so we decided to sit it out...

Lots of Ruff and four or five Little Egrets: suddenly (just as on a previous occasion) the Great White appeared over to the left. We enjoyed watching this beautiful bird for an hour or so (for the last thirty minutes with Strump regulars Mike and Red (O'Hara!): at one point a large dog Otter passed within ten feet of it!

Lin and I decided it was time to leave, so we walked back via Lackford Run, obtaining good views of four Willow Emeralds on the way.

Last stop was the Little Owl tree, where one of the fluffy youngsters was enjoying the Sun!

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