Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Dawn Chorus on the Levels May 2nd

Arrived at Ham Wall at 04:30am it was still dark with a hint of dawn just starting to break.  Bitterns were already booming both Shapwick and Ham Wall side and it wasn't long until Robins, Blackbirds, Warblers etc were all joining in with their song.  Bats were still out on the wing which was brilliant to see  and a pair of Tawny Owls were giving their familiar twit t'woo call. Cuckoos started to join in, Garden Warblers, Black caps, Cettis the 'music' almost deafening! The atmosphere and ambience of the moment was just magical, another realm as dawn started to break and the sun started to come up.
Our walk took us along the path to the Sharpham end stopping at the 2nd platform for breakfast of a sausage sarnie and coffee for breakfast to watch the sun come up.  Back to Loxtons and Waltons the Tor view hide and the Avalon hide, what a truly wonderful morning 8 hours in total from 04:30 until we left at 12:30! 
55 birds for the day including Bittern, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Cattle Egret, Hobby, Garden Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Garganey.

   Garden Warbler


   Best view yet of a Garden Warbler

                   Great Crested Grebe plus young



    On the hunt for dragonflies


   Quite unapproachable these Cuckoos

                Resting before a rival flies in

   Incoming rival Cuckoo


   Get off my patch!


   Chased off

                   Cuckoo in flight



  Long tailed Tit with a family to feed

                   Great Egret

                   Pochard - very good numbers at Ham Wall

   Grebe family plus a massive fish! 


    Close encounter - Great Egret


   Great Crested Grebe

                   High hopes!


                   Distant Gargany at the scrape Shapwick 


                 Wheatear, Tealham Moor on the way home


Country Roads 

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