Saturday 1st December 2012

   Somerset Levels.

   First stop was Ham Walls RSPB. From the first viewing platform, we had  quiet a nice variety of birds, especially after the fog lifted. We had a Great White Egret showing well directly in front of the platform. Another was seen flying farther away at least 3 times. The one showing in front of the platform was a ringed bird. Its left leg had an Orange ring above, what looked like a Green ring. On its right leg was another Orange ring above a metal one. I think this is one of the regular ones here. After a bit of a search of the net, i think this is one of the breeding females from this year. I am sure i will be told if i am wrong!!!
   There was also just one sighting of a Bittern, unusual now here, as they are normally showing quiet regular, must be the time of year i suppose? Three Marsh Harriers were seen from the platform too, a female and two males, one looks like an adult, the other looks like a younger one. A few different species of duck were seen and unusually a lot of Snipe were seen, at least when they were flying anyway.

Marsh Harrier

   On the way home, we stopped at Tadham Moor, where there were 10 Whooper Swans, 4 adults and 6 juveniles.

Whooper Swans

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