So after much deliberation i dared; i wasn't going to bother....life's busy too busy. I then got a call from Steve Bacon..he obviously didn't need it but wanted a look. So with a plan set for Tuesday morning, it decides not to show on Monday...plan cancelled.
Wednesday, its back and so after a quick call the plan was back up. 4.30am the next morning we were on our way to Gills Lap, Ashdown Forrest.
Slowly others joined us, the sun was warming and all eyes were to the valley and ridge in front us. Suddenly Dave Smith pulls two raptors on the very left of the ridge, silhouetted against the sun, the first was a Buzzard the second was bigger and on flat wings, 10-15 seconds and they were gone out of sight.
Shortly after it reappeared above and below the tree line, were it was lost to sight again along the ridge. This is where yours truly found it again perched at the top of the tree. Putting all onto it, it was again only a silhouetted profile but what a profile and the head was massive. Anyone ticking was now happy to tick, myself included after the nod from Steve.
We all hung about hoping for more. It soared a little then came our way, lower and lower over the valley ahead, it gliding around, stopping here and there for a hover, talons lowered. Then finally it dropped and came out with a whopper of a snake. It has to be my favourite bird so far.
Not great I know but I was far to busy watching to worry with photos
Then thanks to Hawky we moved on to another area for me to pick up Woodlark as well.
I live in Hornchurch a London Borough, probably classed as Urban / Sub Urban. This is one of the 12 Stock Doves that we find in our garden on a daily basis along with Woodies and Collard Doves and thankfully no Feral's.
Black-Headed Bunting: Dip, Black-Headed Bunting: Dip, Black-Headed Bunting, Yep we dipped Dipped it on all three of our visits to the site throughout the day and as we all agreed later it was all Shaun's fault due to his continued Dip run. Enough said on Black-heading Buntings
However i had a great day on the north Norfolk coast.
It started with a life tick around the Brecks in the form of a Stone Curlew, the first of these shrouded in the early morning mist, the second out in the sun for some good scope views. A very short pit stop on the way up but well worth it.
We start in West Runting, not sure why and then we moved on to the Beeston Bump. Fulmar along the cliffs and a couple of year ticking Little Terns. Oh i forgot the Barn Owl at West Runton.
View From The Bump
Onto my first ever visit to Blakeney Point, not the best conditions to be here however due to varying detours back and fourth to West Runton for some reason i never got the end; Monkey & Paul boy did.
It was excellent watching the Avocets along the shoreline that were coming off the nesting area behind us and in particular one obliging individual.