Monday, 6 June 2011


The safari doesn't know where yo start today! Wifey has been called to London on business early morning so we had to have the quickest of spins round Patch 1 where we had the male Sparrowhawk acting all flustered and upseting the local prey species...coyuld the young be out of the nest?

Totally unflustered was the Song Thrush in the Golden Triangle which sang non-stop, crisp and loud in the cool morning air, all the while we were out and was still going a couple hours later.

We didn't get a chance to visit patch 2 until lunchtime. The tide was almost full but we got nothing other than single distant Gannet and Common Scoter.

Then we learnt that we were to be on site for the start of a major Water Vole habitat creation project tomorrow morning - great news,hopefully have some good machinery in action pics for you, if you like that sort of thing.

Then a weird thing happened - we were bouncing around the Springwatch messageboard...OK OK we'll admit to watching and even enjoying the show even though someone recently said you know you're a good birder when Emmerdale is more interesting than Springwatch. But we still manage to learn something new from the programme almost every show! So it can't be all that bad - - or we don't know that much...anyway we've digressed as the great, but petit, Ronnie Corbett of the respondents on the forum reported seeing and hearing a Savi's Warbler at the nature reserve whilst on his hols recently...double wow. From the ensuing correspondence with him chances are he's dead right! And all the local missed it! All will be revealed in due course...well done that man!!!

Later in the afternoon we had the camera ready to take on the beach with an evening's rockpooling with one of the local Beaver troops, we forgot the camera in the end but found a couple of nice bright Lion's Mane Jellyfish. But while messing around with the camera after taking some other pics for a colleague we came across this pic of the Iberian Chiffchaff we didn't realise we'd taken, or didn't realise was quite as good as it is. So OK it's not a White Throated Robin or a Blyth's Reed Warbler, but hey, no mist nets were involved with the finding of this one.

We've also been trying to set the ball rolling for a trip to the real outback of Australia for Autumn 2012 - we have an AGM we really ought to attend but can't go to the one this year.

Where to next? Hopefully the sound 'plop' will be on the menu!
In the meantime let us know what from your outback has been hiding in your camera.

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