Saturday, 16 September 2017


Been down to my local patch Marsh Lane 3 times last week but have struggled to find anything even a bit exciting to get shots of for this blog.I've been down there when it was very windy when it was sunny and when it was raining but had no luck at all.Nothing has worked.

The only shots I've managed were of a Water Rail and a Common Buzzard in the week and of a Little Egret (one of three) and of a Common Snipe (one of three) this morning in gloomy drizzle.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there just after 8.00 AM hoping to enjoy a bit of sunshine before the cloud arrived.

Had a bit of fun in the N causeway hide when for about 5 minutes a pair of Kingfishers flew around the reeds sometimes coming extremely close to the hide.They never perched unfortunately but great to see so close.

I was surprised to find the Greenshank was still on the CP pool although this time it was a bit further away well to the left of the left hand island.  

A couple of Little Grebes were in front of the N causeway hide.Was a bit worried what one of them had hanging from it's beak.

Again a Water Rail was showing well for quite a while in front of the same hide.

There were 3 Little Egrets in front of the CP hide for once quite close together.

I promised myself not to try for any more Swift shots but again I could not resist.Here are my best shots.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Hadn't done too well on my last few visits to my local patch Marsh Lane but did much better this morning.

On the car park feeders a Great Spotted Woodpecker was busy feeding and didn't fly off when I parked nearby.

As I entered the CP hide a couple of friends (John H and Glen G) already there had found a Greenshank and kindly put me onto it. Hadn't seen one for a couple of years and the best wader for me here since the three Bar-tailed Godwits in the spring.

For a while the Greenshank fed alongside a Common Snipe which was my first for a few months.

In the reeds in front of the N Causeway hide a young Water Rail was having a good preen in the morning sunshine.

Friday, 1 September 2017