I have spent the last week camping, hence the lack of posts of late. I will not however bore you with the obvious discomfort of sleeping for a week on an air bed, but instead I will bore you with a ton of photographs.
Well the campsite was in Suffolk, so....how could we resist visiting Minsmere? We couldn't. And we picked the perfect day for going, and this time I am not being sarcastic about it. Really I'm not.
Maybe this picture will help you to believe me.
Curlew Sandpiper is that? Yep. Well from the East hide I got 5 life-ticks, I know, I hardly dared believe it. The one the other birders got most excited about though was a Wood Sandpiper, showing well but far away, very far away. Typical rare bird behavior, well if it's a rare bird that I see typical behavior. But regardless of this I enjoyed it extremely, again no sarcasm there.
We missed a Bittern from that hide -typical- so moved on to the aptly named Bittern hide where 30 minutes provided us with brief flight views of a Bittern -not so typical- then another flight view 20 minutes later. After another hour or so my father asked whether I wanted to go to one of the other hides. I said we should wait a little longer -hence the title- and that paid off as soon, the Bittern came out of the reeds only 20-30 meters away! Ah, the satisfaction of finally seeing a Bittern when time after time I had failed.
As though to treat me for my perseverance -if you can call it that- this Bittern didn't just show for a few minutes and then disappear, it showed for well over 80 minutes and was still there when we left -unbelievable.
I mean could you hope for better views? Well I suppose that if I could have been eye level.....
I must confess to being slightly trigger happy, I took well...ah...about 500 images of the one bird...ahem. Worth it though.