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Sunday, 18 November 2012

One Bittern not shy

It was a very frosty but beautiful sunny morning so I headed off to North Duffield Carrs to see if the Bittern found last Thursday was still present, it was and was also showing quite well in the reeds on the left side of the pool, it fished from there for a while before skulking back into the reeds then flying to the top corner of the pool where it was lost to view, it was picked up about an hour later in the reeds along the far side of the flooded area to the left of the pool where it slowly made its way towards Garganey Hide, there was also a good selection of Wildfowl present including 50-60 Whooper Swans plus a Marsh Harrier and a Water Rail that flew across the pool mid morning. I then made the mistake of carrying on to Blacktoft Sands, the reserve was extremely quiet with hardly anything on show apart from several Marsh Harriers, I stuck it out to the roost but that only produced a distant Ringtail Hen and 10 Marsh Harriers plus a single Barn Owl.

in reflective mood

feeding well

disappearing back into the reeds

a good selection of Wildfowl

weren't too happy when the Marsh Harrier came through

relocated in the reeds on the floods to the left of the pool

flying off towards Garganey Hide

Wigeon and Teal at Blacktoft

plus Snipe

and of course the Marsh Harriers

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