Sunday, 16 September 2012

When red eye is good

Following a tip off from Allan I ventured down the lane to Big Waters yesterday where a Black necked Grebe was quite obliging but never close enough for that eye shot. Present in and around the hide were a meandering manic howdon sedge warbler and two cheery reapers. The usual banter was had whilst spotting whatever there was to spot and engaging in a bit of blindfold aeroplane ID.
A juvenile Water Rail edged out into the recently cleared channel on two occasions the second of which it stayed sunbathing where it remained even when we put the shutters down and left the hide. I hope it kept a wary eye out for the Sparrowhawk that visited the feeding station along with a pleasant Pheasant.
Later back on Prestwick Carr it was nice to meet Si and his brother again who were up from the grim south for the Great North Run. Unfortunately the Shorties that had promised earlier in the week failed to show and the most interesting sighting was a flock of 70+ Golden Plover overhead. Anyhoo, more banter was had including tales of Ballion Crake and Chicken Pasta. Hope the run went ok and the curry tonight is due reward!

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