Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Glossy Ibis

Out birding with Dave again yesterday. Great day, we managed to see sixty nine species and hear another three. However, on target birds we were not so lucky. We got to see the Glossy Ibis at Bickerley Common but missed out on the Great White Egret and also on the Hawfinches we tried for on the way home at Eastleigh Lakeside Country Park.

Distant shot of the Glossy Ibis in the early morning sun


This is an improvement on my previous record shots of the Ibis but I still have not managed to get close enough for a decent picture.

Most of the day was taken up with gathering year ticks (+19) and on trying to improve on my picture library. Nothing spectacular taken but there were a few pictures worth keeping.

Black-tailed Godwit


Green Sandpiper

Marsh Tit
 And not forgetting the more common birds

Robin

Siskin
House Sparrow

It was cold but it was a beautiful day with birding from sunrise on the Hampshire Dorset border to sunset where we watched twenty four Bewicks settling down to roost for the night.

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