The following pictures are the best from the past weeks birding and where better to start than the ubiquitous Whitethroat.
|Whitethroat - Seaford Head|
|Linnet - Hope Gap|
|Another Whitethroat - Hope Gap|
Rye Harbour looked like giving the best chance of seeing the Little Terns and at first I thought I was in luck, but you start to get suspicious when you realise they are not moving.
|Perhaps if I added a bit of blur in Photoshop ......|
Plenty of Common and Sandwich Terns there and a few Mediterranean Gulls on the edges of the Black-headed Gull colonies.
|Sandwich Terns nesting amongst the Black-headed Gulls|
|and in flight|
|Common Tern with half a fish|
I also called in on Arlington Reservoir. There are Turtle Doves around there somewhere and I often hear them calling but I have yet to see them. The Osprey did drop in whilst I was there but unfortunately I was off investigating the river just below the weir which is usually a good place for Damselflies and I missed it.
I did get to see a Great Crested Grebe trying to swallow a large fish. It took about a quarter of an hour to get it down as the bird was getting tired and the fish kept slipping out. It did succeed in the end but as it sailed off into the distance it still had the end of the fishes tail sticking out of its mouth.
|Great Crested Grebe with its catch|
|Just a quick swallow|
|Proving a bit harder than expected - keeps slipping out|
|All gone - nearly!|
Nice to see so many so many fledglings about as well. This Pied Wagtail was busy trying to keep three hungry youngsters happy.
|Already bigger than its mum.|