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In reply to Alan.:
Ah, thought it was a croaky Hoopoe (I'd be croaky if I was a Hoopoe in the UK this weekend).
Better still (for me), a Bittern.
And very like a Rook, if I may say so. :-)
I'll always remember our very first Bittern: 'It's an owl! No... it's... it's a raptor! No!'
Very intereting head scratcher. And as they always used to say (ish) at the end of Scooby-Doo: "If it weren't for that meddlesome Tony, you'd have gotten away with it!"
And I'm sure you've a spare room, Alan. It's only eight months or so, after all...
Joking apart, I used to be thrilled by sightings like that (the Hoopoe). Now I just wish they were somewhere else, where they're 'supposed to be'.
Saw (rejected by the committee here) an adult Woodchat Shrike in the vineyards last year, much, much too late. So sorry for that bird.
Nice spot Alan, well done
Alan. said:Hazel might see one at Leighton Moss this week if she's lucky.
and maybe she won't see one LOL my best chance of seeing one was at Lower Hide area and that hide has now closed due to structural problems :(
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said:I've only just read the recent blog from Newport Wetlands to see toward the bottom of the page a photo of a flying Bittern in almost the same view as the one Alan photographed
Thanks for the link, Ann. That is remarkably similar looking to Alan's photo. I hadn't seen it ..... honest!
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