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Two New Birds For Me

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I had a trip out West yesterday and popped into RSPB reserve Ham Wall. I don't really like sitting in big wooden hides but suffered it for a while. Saw plenty of birds including Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Great Crested, Grebe with young, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard a Barn Owl and others but most were too far away to take decent photos. I did get these two though both of birds I had not seen before.

 

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Great White Egret (Ardea alba) by Martin Billard, on Flickr

 

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Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) by Martin Billard, on Flickr

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Wow that Bittern is amazing, that's another one for the list

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very nice mate

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very nice mate

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I liked the egret best... (wonder why 2 different rings?)

 

I liked the egret best... (wonder why 2 different rings?)

I'd be the opposite. There's a good chance those Egrets will get more common, especially if they follow their smaller cousin, but a Bittern could end up being a once in a lifetime experience.

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I liked the egret best... (wonder why 2 different rings?)

The small ring is country specific ,the lager above the knee is an international ring so it can be identified as a possible migrant . Did a bit for national trust recently and I asked that same question .

WE have them and the smaller version nesting in a heronry on a nearby lake .

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See littles reg on the estuary, greats a bit rarer

 

Cheers, D.

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