Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wildrace

The Ely Wildspace Bird Race was blessed with some lovely bright weather and 4 teams headed out to see what they could see over the next three and a half hours.  Collectively there was over 70 species seen with highlights of a Red Kite (the first recorded on a birdrace), Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warblers, close encounters with Marsh Harriers, Turtle Doves, Buzzards galore, Barn Owl, Little Egret and Little Ringed Plover.  Either side of the race the wader puddle produced Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper and a preening Lapwing which all allowed me to keep working out the best combinations for the new digiscoping set up. 

 
Common Sandpiper have been easy to pick up this spring on the puddle
 
 
 
A pair of Oystercatcher frequented the river this morning
 
 
A male Reed Bunting sings his head off at the Water Meadows
 
 
A video grab of Bullfinch collecting nest material
 
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Green Plover - Lovely