Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll

Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll

Coue's Arctic Redpoll

Coue's Arctic Redpoll

Lapland Bunting

Lapland Bunting

Sanderling

Sanderling

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Waxwing

Waxwing

Monday, 8 November 2010

Marvellous Minsmere!

Saturday morning I was up before the lark, as I was going to Minsmere, hopefully to get a better view of the ever changing King Eider, hoping to catch it on the beach with the gulls at first light, sadly, no sign of it early on, however whilst walking along North wall, I noticed a raptor heading towards us, ( "us" being Ian C. and myself) a quick scan through the bins revealed a Ringtail Hen Harrier approaching, crossing the rising sun, and then reeled away over North marsh and into the distance. What a wonderful start to the day.
 We then walked on towards the sluice where a female Stonechat was extremely obliging in the top of a bramble, in by now what was perfect lighting for bird photography, the first couple of hours of sunshine are always the best.
   On the way back for lunch we noticed the Ringtail heading back towards us, pursued by a Crow an irresistible opportunity to photograph this beautiful bird of prey.(see pic at top of page).
   We decided rather than have lunch to go over to Covehithe for the Richards Pipit, on arrival we were told that it had flown south towards the coastal path, on the way I noticed the local Kestrel take his post on top of the gargoyle on the top of the church.
   On route we spotted a Sparrowhawk fly into a bush. Then continued on to coastal path where we met Pete R. amongst many others who eventually re found the Richards Pipit, quit a crowd had gathered by now getting very good views of this mobile bird.
I then decided to go to the other side of the path where the others were, so we weren't looking into the sun. I managed to get a shot although still quite distant.

   After getting the shot retuned to Minsmere where I met Heather and Liz who were quite desperate to see Waxwings. (weren't we all) off they toddled to North bushes, a couple of minutes later we followed only to stop and  chat to some visitors by the pond in the old car park, when I looked up to see a solitary silhouette of a bird at the top of the oak tree , by the picnic area outside the tea shop, then I noticed through my bins the quiff of the Waxwing! I then ran towards North bushes shouting Heather and Liz back to see the Waxwing they probably heared me in Dunwich. Not the greatest of photographs but always a delight to see.
  By the end of the day, we headed back to visitor centre and was sitting outside the visitor centre tea room, when I noticed a female brambling at the base of the feeders later joined by a male in rapidly disappearing light but managed something  regardless of the high iso setting.
  A marvellous end to a great days birding!

2 comments:

  1. Hello Jon, nice to catch up with you through cyber space once again. Will meet one day I am sure. Some great birds seen on your sorties, a great part of the world to live and bird. Nice blog and will follow your updates. Regards Steve Ashton.

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  2. Bravo.....there's a book in this somewhere?

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