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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 21 August 2016

    The second generation of swallowtails has begun, we have had at least 2-3 individuals emerge over the past week. From the look of the weather forecast it would appear that Tuesday may well be a good day to come and try to see them as it may be warm and sunny. A glossy ibis has just been reported from...
  • Blog Post: Now you see me...now you don't!

    With the Western swamphen playing now you see me, now you don't and the last sighting of it being over a week ago (although with Minsmere's vast reedbed it is very likely to still be on site, just hidden) it was an unexpected surprise that today I experienced another first for me at Minsmere...
  • Media: Kingfisher (4)

    Had a great couple of hours watching the Kingfisher(s) from the Spring Hide at RSPB Fowlemere on 25th July 2016 Photo taken using a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS bridge camera showing you do not need a very expensive camera to get a good photo.
  • Media: Kingfisher (3)

    Had a great couple of hours watching the Kingfisher(s) from the Spring Hide at RSPB Fowlemere on 25th July 2016 Photo taken using a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS bridge camera showing you do not need a very expensive camera to get a good photo.
  • Media: Kingfisher (2)

    Had a great couple of hours watching the Kingfisher(s) from the Spring Hide at RSPB Fowlemere on 25th July 2016 Photo taken using a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS bridge camera showing you do not need a very expensive camera to get a good photo.
  • Media: Kingfisher

    Had a great couple of hours watching the Kingfisher(s) from the Spring Hide at RSPB Fowlemere on 25th July 2016 Photo taken using a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS bridge camera showing you do not need a very expensive camera to get a good photo.
  • Forum Thread: Burton Mere Wetlands sightings

    Appears the spotted crake has moved on after a few days without being seen, but still plenty of good birds worth paying a visit to see: 500+ black-tailed godwit , 1 green sandpiper , 1 common sandpiper , 3 ruff , 4 spotted redshank , 3 dunlin , 3 snipe, 1 great crested grebe , 8 spoonbill , 80+ greylag...
  • Forum Thread: Recent sightings 1/8/2016

    Great birding at Burton Mere Wetlands as we move into the autumn migration, here's a flavour of what was around yesterday: 9 spoonbills, spending more time on the pools than the treetops in recent days 1 spotted crake, showing intermittently at the back of the main scrape up to 1000 black...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 30 July 2016

    A largely fine, warm week with warm nights, dry except Thursday afternoon when there were heavy showers. This weeks star species has to be garganey, for the past week we have had up to 11 of these migrant ducks in front of Tower Hide. They are currently in eclipse plumage so not the dapper looking...
  • Blog Post: Early summer mornings on the Moss

    An insight into one of my early morning walks around the reserve... One of my favourite things about summer is the opportunity to get up early and explore the reserve before work. Dawn really is a magical time at Leighton Moss when the reedbed explodes to life as sunlight creeps across the landscape...
  • Forum Thread: Fowlmere

    Fowlmere is my nearest but sadly not most visited nature reserve. I visited the Sunday before last and was delighted with what I found. The reserve looked lovely and the picnic place looked so much better than before but oh how I wish we could have a proper toilet block, just a small one would be wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: Midsummer sightings

    With summer arriving in full bloom, we’ve had another great week of recent sightings at Fairburn. From snipe to redshank, sandpiper to goosander, the wildlife at Fairburn has been in full bloom. Green sandpiper, Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) There have been both common sandpiper and...
  • Blog Post: Bumper Baby Boom

    Evening all ... firstly apologies for the lack of blog posts from me of late - so much to do and not enough hours in the day... So what has been going on on the wildlife front? Well, spring is on the wane and despite the recent drop in temperature and a cool northerly wind, the marsh is moving...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers Fledging... 24 May 2016

    Hi everyone, Just a quick message - we've had reports that the kingfishers are fledging! We'll let you know when we know more! Kingfisher at Rainham Marshes by Tom Bell
  • Media: KINGFISHER

    Spotted 14 May 2016 along the bank of river Tame. Quite a few Kingfisher's are nesting. We spotted at least 3 individuals
  • Blog Post: A confusion of Seasons!

    As I write this up it is on a day when we have seen everything from hail, snow and now sunshine, truly a mixed bag of weather for the end of April. It is also an interesting time for the birds, we now have all the expected summer migrants here (including pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers, willow...
  • Media: Kingfisher with catch

    A beautiful male kingfisher enjoys his fish.
  • Media: Kingfisher with catch

    A lovely male whom I've been observing for a while enjoys a freshly caught fish.
  • Media: What's that?

    Kingfisher spotting movement in the water.
  • Media: Female Kingfisher

    Landing on one of her favourite perches.
  • Media: Back to my perch

    Kingfisher landing between dives.
  • Media: In between dives

    Dive and dive again. Kingfisher landing after an unsuccessful dive.
  • Media: Kingfisher portrait (female)

    Patrolling territory.
  • Media: Kingfisher I

    Something caught my attention (semi intensive look)
  • Blog Post: A Dawn Chorus Experience

    Well well well! This May's Dawn chorus got off to a flying start with 56 different species seen and heard throughout the reserve. For those bold enough to brave the early start, the walk was a fantastic opportunity for people such as myself to brush up on their bird song! The walk began with some...