Tuesday, 29 March 2016

RSPB Greylake - Peregrine, Harrier, Waders & Ducks 29/3

A cloudy dank start to our visit to Greylake with a cold strong breeze.  Arrived at the reserve and hide early to find that we were the only ones there. Along the path to the hide we had a couple of good views of Water Rail.  Not a lot going on from the hide until a Marsh Harrier hunting at the back of the  lake flushed a lot of ducks closer to us.  Lapwings are present in good numbers and are pairing up conducting aerial displays ducking and diving with great ease.  Redshank have also returned and are pairing up to hopefully nest on the reserve.  To right of the hide we had some great views of a hunting Stoat just that bit to far away for a decent shot though.  Just as we were about to leave a Peregrine shot over the reserve sending everything up in flight.  As we left the actual reserve and out on the main road we had to slow down to let 2 Red Legged Partridge cross the road - never expected that!
Key species for the day were Black tailed Godwits, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Curlew, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Snipe, Wigeon, Shoveller, Teal, Pintail and Water Rail.

   Teal flock disturbed by a hunting Marsh Harrier

              Safety in numbers

   Redshank - good numbers now seen pairing up and calling 


   Great legs!

                  Shoveller - female

  Shoveler - male

                    Marsh Harrier

   Look at that eye - Marsh Harrier

                    Agile in flight with twists and turns

                  Eyes on us!

Stoat hunting around the lake edge

                  Foraging Stoat

   Lapwing - good numbers pairing up and displaying

                   Displaying Lapwings

    Carrion Crow

                  Peregrine whizz by 


                 Black tailed Godwits 

Godwit flypast

                   Greylake scene 

Black tailed Godwits

                   Godwits, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail