On the 3rd I had no plans to go birding, but after a quick check of some bird reports I saw that there was a Spoonbill down in Leigh-on-Sea. If you're a regular reader of this blog you may remember Spoonbills aren't a bird I've been lucky with. It's humiliating to say, but I have already dipped Spoonbill twice. So I felt pretty determined to see one. And I did, at a distance of around 300 metres. Still decent scope views were had, and the knot of anxiety that I would dip again loosened.
There were also some not so anxious looking Knots sleeping among the Dunlins.
My second twitch took place yesterday, a Grey Phalarope was showing stupidly well apparently, and only a four mile walk away. Could I resist? Well I can tell you I couldn't. I got there at about 14:40 so the light was bad, but what a bird! It was oblivious to the dozens of birders crowding around, coming within 3 foot of me at times! I imagine where this bird came from humans are probably as rare as Grey Phalaropes are down here.
I only got 20 minutes with the bird, but can you think of a better way to spend 20 minutes?
I will do a full post on this bird soon, so just one shot for now, I do have a fair few....