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  • Blog Post: 27 April recent sightings: The hobbys are coming!

    Good morning! The weather has been a lot better than forecast which is good news! There were several photographers around early in the morning on Friday and here are a couple of pictures from Matt Walton: The sunrise over the river: A muntjac deer browsing in some vegetation: A stoat concealing...
  • Blog Post: 24 April recent sightings: Reeling us all in!

    Good morning! We have been very lucky with the weather this week and there have been plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Here are a few that I just had to share: A female marsh harrier hunting: Image credit: Ron Smith Two images of cuckoos : Image credits: David Capps ...
  • Blog Post: 21 April recent sightings: Weekend warbling

    Good morning. After I baffled you all with my blog post about surveys last week , here is a more “normal” post. Katherine blogged on Sunday and shared some of Tim James’ pictures. Here are a few more: An extremely showy Cetti's warbler : A grasshopper warbler striking...
  • Blog Post: Weekend ramblings

    Well, I've just spent my first weekend for a while on duty in the visitor centre. On the whole the weather has been quite good, and we've had lots of visitors through who have seen some of the newly returned migrants. It's always an exciting time of year, with new birds turning up all the...
  • Blog Post: 15 April recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. We have all been busy this week with various different things. Those of you who have visited the reserve in the last couple of weeks will have noticed that the visitor centre pond has had a haircut: Suzanne has also been busy maintaining the wildlife garden outside the visitor...
  • Blog Post: 11 April recent sightings: April showers

    Good afternoon. Until this morning when it rained, the weather has been great for the last couple of days. Here are a few images that were taken on the reserve yesterday: Two marsh harrier action shots: A pair of great crested grebes exchanging a gift of weeds: A greylag goose flapping...
  • Blog Post: 9 April recent sightings: Things are starting to happen!

    Good afternoon! The recent settled weather has meant that things have started to happen here. Here are a couple of pictures from the last week: A male marsh harrier : A pair of great crested grebes : Image credits: Matt Walton Thank you very much to Matt for sharing these images with...
  • Blog Post: 4 April recent sightings: Barn owl bonanza!

    Good morning! The last couple of days have been absolutely fantastic for barn owls and these beautiful birds have been showing really well. Here are a couple of recent pictures of them: Image credits: Matt Walton I went for a walk after work on Thursday in the evening sunshine. I saw at least...
  • Blog Post: 2 April recent sightings: We are back!

    Good morning! Apologies for the lack of updates recently, there have been technical issues with the blog pages. As usual, I will start by sharing a few photos that were taken recently on the reserve: A male reed bunting : A roe deer : A pair of great crested grebes : A pair of...
  • Blog Post: 22 March recent sightings: How wonderful it is to see the sun!

    Good morning. Once the solar eclipse was over and the sun actually came out on Friday, it was a lovely day. Emma went down the reserve in the morning. She saw a great white egret and two cranes just west of Joist Fen viewpoint. She also heard two bitterns booming in the same area. I finally saw my...
  • Blog Post: 20 March recent sightings: March winds

    Good morning. The weather has been a bit hit and miss this week but there has been plenty to see nonetheless. I begin with a few pictures from last weekend: A skulking water rail at the edge of the visitor centre pond: A redshank on the washland (alongside the remains of a large pike !): ...
  • Blog Post: 14 March recent sightings: Good weather for ducks

    Good afternoon. Waterfowl have featured very prominently here over the last couple of days so the majority of today’s images are wetland themed: A group of Canada geese in flight: An action shot of a mute swan : A great white egret and a little egret : A group of curlews in...
  • Blog Post: 12 March recent sightings: Its all about the mustelids

    Good morning. Members of the mustelid family (that includes stoats , weasels and also badgers ) have featured quite prominently here at Lakenheath Fen this week. I will start with some pictures of the local stoats : Here are some pictures of the partially ermine individual: Image credits...
  • Blog Post: 8 March recent sightings: Mid afternoon update

    Good afternoon. There has been so much going on this weekend that I thought I would do an update now. This gives me the chance to share some of the great pictures that have been taken over the weekend: A hunting barn owl : A great white egret in flight: Two pictures of “Little &...
  • Blog Post: 7 March recent sightings: What, waders here?!

    Good morning. This reserve has never been well known for waders but they have been quite prevalent here this week (for us, anyway!) I will start where I left off on Tuesday. A great white egret flew over the visitor centre and there were four oystercatchers on the washland. Two common curlews flew...
  • Blog Post: 3 March recent sightings: A right old song and dance

    Good morning. We have had another great couple of days here. I will begin though with a picture I have not shared yet: A roe deer grazing alongside the entrance track: Image credit: Matt Walton Roy and Emma spent most of the day out on the reserve on Saturday. They saw two great white egrets...
  • Blog Post: 27 February recent sightings: So much to say, so little time!

    Good morning. This week has been great as there has just been so much to see! I will start with some photographs that have been taken in the last week: Firstly, we have these lovely images of a long tailed tit that were taken by eight year old Amber Wallis: Image credits: Amber Wallis ...
  • Blog Post: 21 February recent sightings: A bit of variety

    Good afternoon. I've got a busy day planned tomorrow so, slightly earlier than usual, here are some recent sightings. Suzanne went for a walk at lunchtime on Thursday and saw two great white egrets from New Fen viewpoint. She also saw a stonechat perched up on the riverbank. The reserve team...
  • Blog Post: 19 February recent sightings: Breezy days

    Good morning. With the exception of Monday, the weather has been really good for birds of prey this week. It has been sunny and breezy which have meant that we have had great views of them. The conditions were especially good on Tuesday morning and local photographer Matt Walton was out and about...
  • Blog Post: 15 February recent sightings: What a difference (two weeks) can make

    I returned to the reserve yesterday after two weeks "down south". I was amazed by how much things have changed: lots of our resident birds are now singing and both pairs of cranes have (finally) returned! Before I get on to some recent sightings, here are some pictures that were taken recently...
  • Blog Post: 10th February recent sightings – Counting cranes (and other birds!)

    As the sun started to rise on Sunday morning, myself and Katherine were ready and waiting at Joist Fen viewpoint, in order to see how many cranes had roosted on the reserve the previous evening. There had been regular sightings of two pairs during the week, but we weren’t sure if they were heading...
  • Blog Post: Up close and personal to a bittern! (and roadworks are complete)

    Firstly, the roadworks on the B1112 are complete, and access to and from the reserve is now much nicer! Now on to more interesting things! I'm quite lucky working as a Warden on a fantastic nature reserve. My job means that I have, fairly unrestricted, access to every nook and cranny of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Happy World Wetlands Day for tomorrow!

    This blog post has been inspired by several factors: It’s my last blog post for a couple of weeks Its World Wetlands Day tomorrow It’s the year of the reserve’s twentieth birthday If you are not familiar with World Wetlands Day , it celebrates the adoption of the Convention...
  • Blog Post: 31 January recent sightings: It's getting lighter!

    Good morning. Apologies for the slight delay in providing some recent sightings, I have had a busy week. Fortunately, the reserve has also been busy with wildlife as well! Starting on Monday, a great white egret was on the washland along with three wigeons . A drake pintail was also present, which...
  • Blog Post: 25 January recent sightings: It's Big Garden Birdwatch weekend!

    Good morning. Although the majority of the reserve has been frozen up all week, there has still been plenty to see. On Thursday, a water rail was skulking around at the edge of the visitor centre pond and two bitterns were chasing eachother around on the washland. It was work party day and the team...