Sunday 11th November 2012

   A really bright, sunny winters day again. This time the Bonapartes Gull at Dawlish Warren was calling to me! When i arrived it was rather distant on one of the 'groynes'. But the tide was on its way in, so it may get closer. It did! I walked along the beach, and managed some half decent shots. The light was brilliant, but always at the wrong angle. I know, typical photographer, never satisfied!!!!!!

Bonapartes Gull
   Sadly there was not much else to see on the sea there. So we drove around to Bowling Green Marshes RSPB reserve. I walked to the viewing platform. There were at least 3 Red-breasted Mergansers there, a Little Grebe and a Kingfisher. A couple of flocks of Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew over as well. As i walked back towards the hide, a Sparrowhawk put all the thrushes up from the Hawthorn hedge. From the hide there was a big flock of waders. Going through them saw c180 Avocets, 100+ Redshanks, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits, a few Bar-tailed Godwits in amongst them too. Half a dozen Greenshanks, 30+ Dunlin and a few Lapwing were also there. In the hedge at the back, not disturbing anything, was a fast asleep Fox. Even the Rabbits didnt seem worried!

Dark-bellied Brent Geese

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