As December and indeed 2010 come to a close, I thought I would share some more images from the last couple of weeks at Minsmere, in some very varied weather.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
I have spent the last couple of weeks visiting the most easterly part of our shores, Lowestoft to see the juvenile Iceland Gull which has graced us all with its presence, quite a dainty little gull, and eventually quite obliging, although nearly always into the sun, not helped by the security man at SLP in Hamilton Dock who would not let anyone passed "his bollards". just another half a dozen fence posts along and I would have had the sun over my left shoulder, but no, he is definately the winner of this years Jobsworth of the year award!
Monday, 6 December 2010
On arrival I spotted one of the tea room staff leaving to head for home, due to the worsening conditions, then I noticed a bicycle parked outside the front door, (who on earth would venture out on a bicycle in those conditions, I thought to myself.) When I met one of the RSPB staff, who explained it belonged to Gary Prescott, who is travelling the U.K. visiting all the RSPB reserves, so off I went to try to meet up with this intrepid explorer, it was approximately two minutes later I bumped into the afore mentioned gentleman, who preceded to tell me all about his venture.
Gary a special needs teacher is travelling the length and breadth of the UK in a Year long trip, non motorised, So far he has visited all the WWT reserves, and over 180 RSPB reserves, He will cycle around 5,000 miles to complete the journey on his trusty steed.....The Canondale Fatty! his yearlist tally stands at 247 that's only 5 short of beating Chris Mills of Norfolk's record of 252.
Minsmere did yield 1 new bird to his list, a Wood Lark, Thanks to Jon Gibbs. Gary is being sponsored for three Charity's, RSPB. Asthma UK, and WWT. you can sponsor him or follow his journey by visiting http://bikingbirder2010.blogspot.com I would just like to add what a fantastic pleasure it was to meet up with this wonderful gentleman and I wish him all the very best on his journey. Bon Voyage Gary!
|Bewick Swans, Island Mere, Minsmere|
|Great Tit, Minsmere|
|Blue Tit, Minsmere|
|Common Snipe, Minsmere|
|Twite, Dingle Marsh|
|Shore Lark, Dingle Marsh|
|Snow Bunting, Dingle Marsh|
|Bittern Flyby Island Mere, Minsmere|