Lot to learn
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Last part of this thread with our final visit to LM this morning before we headed for home. The weather was lovely this morning with plenty of sunshine albeit with a chill in the air and for a couple of hours visit we did very well and were able to see the Bearded Tits who came to Causeway grit tray. I got there around 8am once I'd left Mike to pack the car and follow on ! I was the first one down to the grit tray and as you would expect nothing was there instantly so I pulled my fleece round me a little tighter and waited ! Within ten minutes I heard a clicking sound a bit like a Wren makes although I knew it wasn't a Wren so scanned the bushes opposite with my bins. Then I saw a buff coloured chest and grabbed the camera as I recognised this elusive little bird and time was of the essence !! It was on the shady side of the Causeway so had to lighten the photo slightly in post edit but you will know what it is ...…..
within seconds it flitted to my side of the Causeway and although it was no more than two metres away from my feet it was hunkered down in the reeds and all you could see were the briefest of glimpses as it scuttled from reed to reed. It was such a thrill to start the morning off at 08.10 with a Cetti's Warbler !
Then it was show time for the Beardies ……. two pairs visited separately but only one female was ringed out of the four birds.
Well Mr Beardie …………..are you going to come out of hiding as you look like you are in jail ?
Uncropped version ……………….
cropped slightly ………..
it was keen to show me both sides lol
then it was Mrs Beardie's turn
a different female (ringed) and wanting to show you her tail
Come on out of hiding beautiful bird ...…………….
she had a look of surprise in this photo !!
and her beau - a different male to the first bird
I missed my 3rd special species by 20 minutes - there had been two Spoonbills right in front of the Allen hide but by the time we got back to the car and drove over there they had flown, however, can't grumble with only two or three hours to spare before heading on to the M6 south and having been lucky enough to see a Cetti's and good views of the Beardies.
Thanks for viewing.
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