28.8.16.

Sunday…Sunny and Cloudy Spells. 18ºC.

Me and Ken decided on a trip to Rutland Water. I know this building is not Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle, just reminded me of it a bit. It’s been a good few years since I came to Rutland Water. I was amazed how much work they had done there. There are several new hides, looking over totally new scrapes

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Early morning we saw a distant Osprey, and also a Hobby, but we did’t get photos of either bird. Ken did manage this photo of our first Ruddy Darter this year…

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Great White Egrets were visible from the visitors centre, one circled and gave us a fly by. Also photographed the other distant one catching a small fish…

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There were really excellent numbers of Little Egrets. On the bottom photo is the back Egret laughing at the front one?

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A juvenile Peregrine Falcon cleared most of the scrape we were watching…

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Also on the scrape was a Great Black-backed Gull with it’s pink legs. Good comparison with the lapwings…

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Most things I seem to photograph just lately are distant. How typical is it, to get a really close bird, only to be obscured by Willow leaves…In this case a Barn Owl, which we saw fly into the tree, and I only just managed to find it in there. Still fantastic to see though…

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Greenshank and Ruff…

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Rutland Water always has good numbers of Egyptian Geese. I think this is my 1st flight photo of one. On the bottom photo is this Egyptian Goose a little bit confused? I think it thinks it’s a breeding Osprey…

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Migrant Hawkers…

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Black-tailed Godwit…

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Not taking my other camera, meant Ken had to take this male and female Common Blue Damselfly mating…

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Marsh Harriers kept us on our toes. Every time they seemed to be flying towards our hide, they turned round and headed away from us. But I did manage these distant photos…

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Cracking days birding, with 62 species ticked off. Also now seeing the new scrapes and hides, I’m not leaving it so long again.

 

 

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