Wednesday, December 08, 2021

No Shortage of Effort

Good morning everybody

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 I'd like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas a Happy New Year. 

Tuesday 7th

Today John and I thought we would check out as many places as possible, 6+ hours in the field "we covered some ground"

El Clot 

 A Kingfisher almost landed beside hide several times "fantastic fly past"  and the White-headed Duck 20+ were amazing. Plenty of Common Pochard. 

Common Pochard

 Since the heavy rain a few weeks ago, the water levels have risen, but there's now there are fewer wildfowl and no Flamingos, Marbled Duck, Gadwall, or Shoveller they could be on one of the other pools that are not visible, however, the water is now deep, and there's more than enough water to get these seasonal lakes and through the next summer and with more downpours predicted to come throughout the winter.   Is a Win-Win-Win? At some point, El Clot will turn up a good bird?

 Keep saying that? I just hope it's me who finds it?

Juv White-headed Duck

I am amazed how popular the clot has become, it is a holiday today, so there were many Birders there mostly with camera and lens,  that's great! as I previously mentioned the more eyes the better.

Ad Eclipse White-headed Duck

Also, there are Titty things and Bluethroats, Linnet, Greenfinch, Serin, which are now starting to sing? on the nice warm days.

Urba Nova Salt Pans

Nice place for a Tea stop? it can be good here occasionally, today just a few wintering waders, and a stunning Stonechat.



The Dry Areas

Booted Eagles, including one dark phase,  Buzzards, Marsh Harriers  (8) an unidentified  Falcon, Golden Plover (14) Water pipits, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (6) Mega flocks of European Starling and Glossy Ibis, Common Cranes (3)

One of Three Common Cranes 

Glossy Ibis

I've not mentioned every bird seen.

with rings 

For a different view of today's birding visit John Edwards excellent blog, Notes from a Birder and Writer.
Coming  soon a photo review of this year and mostly unseen images I always keep some images back for this review

 Click the link below

 John Edwards blog

Have Fun

Cheers Bryan 

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