19.2.17.

Sunday… Mainly Cloudy…9ºC.

Started the morning off by checking The Wardens Office out at Highgate Common. I will be doing this the next few weeks, in hope of getting my 1st Satellite Moth photograph. No luck today, but I did see this early instar Scarlet Tiger larva….

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Then it was off to Belvide Reservoir, just in case it decided to rain. I will post the photos how the day unfolded. The Kingfisher showed briefly in front of the Scott Hide. It was a shame it was so dull..

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Little Egret flew through distantly…

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Female Reed Bunting from the Gazebo Hide…

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Tree Sparrow also from the Gazebo Hide…

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Two Shelducks were being noisy, and chasing each other round. Well it’s that time of year…

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The Common Sandpiper looks set to stay through all of the winter…

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Grey Wagtail…

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Found a couple of Scarlet Elf Cups…

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Two Great Black-backed Gulls were throwing their weight about most of the day…

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Really enjoyed watching two Great-crested Grebes fish in front of the Scott Hide. At one point they sent about 100 small fish to the surface of the water, and most were jumping over some flattened reeds…

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The Red Head Smew had a rest from the water, and went for a walk on land..

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Two Water Rail showed well in front of the Scott Hide. This made up for the dissappointment of not seeing the Bittern roost. I was there till 5pm, and although Steve and Nigel saw it, I could not pick out the small area of the Bitterns feathers, they could see…

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As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my walk on the wildside today!!!

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