My apologies for lack of posts, RSI to blame. This is an amalgamated report for Oare Marshes which I visited on 6th and 14th October and have slowly typed up over the last 10 days. Future posts may have to be less wordy in order to be more timely and less of a historical document.
|Ruff - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (6/10)|
I travelled along the road where a Meadow Pipit shot off to the west and arrived at the East Flood where the Black Tailed Godwits were gathered in their hundreds, a few Redshank around the periphery. There was also a smaller group of Avocets nearby. Little Egrets were fishing round the edges of the flood and the Cormorants were sat on their usual island. Teal were at the back of the flood with a pair of Mallards, there was also a Little Grebe diving. Small groups of Starlings were flying around and as I moved from my viewing spot a Kingfisher took off from about 6 feet away flying low towards the sluice gate. I passed a group of House Sparrows on the road before heading to the East Flood hide
|Ringed Plover - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|2 Black Tailed Godwits - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (6/10)|
On the path I spotted a Kestrel in a small tree in the field to my right, it spotted me and flew a bit further away alighting on to a fence post. I watched it for about 5 minutes before it swooped onto some prey the other side of the fence, immediately after a Green Woodpecker flew over the same piece of fence in the opposite direction, a blackbird took off from a nearby bush and a hidden Robin became vocal, it was suddenly all go here.
I went into the hide out of the stiffening breeze where I was able to look closer at the Godwits. At the edge of the flock near the Redshanks were a couple of Curlew Sandpipers a nice find but too far away to photograph. Out of the hide and up to the sluice gate where I had a good look for the Kingfisher, but no joy, that was until I walked across the sluice and once again it shot off this time from under my feet! How can something that colourful stay so well hidden?
|Lapwing - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Dunlin - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Little Egret - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Black Headed Gull - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (6/10)|
Wendy joined me about , and ten minutes later a bird hit the hide! I leant out of the flap to see if it was hurt, but it was a Kestrel that had landed (heavily) on a ledge attached to the hide. It took off immediately, the below photo is the same bird as it wheeled round in front.
|Kestrel- Canon 400D + 100-400mm (6/10)|
We left the hide and headed back towards the East Flood for one last look from the road, this gave me four more fresh sightings for the day, this included several Herons who had up until now remained hidden, a sole Golden Plover on one of the islands, 3 Shovelers at the back of the flood and a Snipe by the Southern shore. Seen but not listed above are Carrion Crows, Wood Pigeons, Great Black Backed Gull, Lapwing, Coot, Moorhen, It was a good day with 36 sightings, nothing new, but lots of activity.
Friday 14th was a sunny day so I returned to Oare to try to get some better photos unfortunately something was wrong with the autofocus, nonetheless another good day was had. First up was a Cetti’s Warbler by the car park – as always, heard but not seen. Up to the East flood where the nearest islands revealed a few Ruff, Moorhens, and Ringed Plovers, whilst present in larger numbers were Lapwings, Starlings, Dunlin and Golden Plovers; Avocets, Cormorants, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwits were in the middle whilst at the back were Dabchicks, Teal, Little Egrets, Shovellers and some Mallards.
The nicest spot here were 3 Little Stint that were running around the nearest islands which I had missed the previous week.
The Golden Plovers were so dense on one of the islands that it was almost a carpet of gold, highlighted by the reddish heather they were standing on.
|Group Photo (all facing into the wind) Golden Plover/Little Stint/ 2 Ringed plover/Lapwing - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Dunlin & Little Stint - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Little Stint - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Golden Plover - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|A very blurry Green Woodpecker - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Goldfinch - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|
|Bearded Reedling - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (14/10)|