Monday, 9 April 2012

Sunday 8th - Our first flooded field!!

Having driven some of the local camino's for a few hours and seen very little, we thought our look was out. Heading home we noticed a farmer releasing a canal sluice to flood his field and flooded fields mean one thing, birds!!! We drove down the farm track and showed the farmer our bins, he was more than happy for us to be on his land, as he drove away we selected a good vantage point and waited, we didn't have to wait long!

Within half an hour we had recorded numerous of the following species - Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Glossy Ibis (arty image below!), Black-winged Stilt, Great Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Green Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole and a stunning male Montagu's Harrier. See the images below, you can view an enlarged version of any of the images by clicking on it.

Glossy Ibis

Great and Little Egret - Little and Large, really highlights the enormous size difference in these species.

Whiskered Tern

Black-winged Stilt

Above 4 images - Gull-billed Tern

As we got out of the car at home, 5 Bee-eaters flew over calling, the perfect end to our best days birding since returning a few days ago.

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