We began our walk hoping to see anything and everything, not just cranes. We hardly got to the first hide as we stopped now and then finding something of interest. A whitethroat was singing it's scratchy tune on the top branch of a tree, swaying back and forth in the breeze. Large red damselflies rest with closed wings on flowers of gorse. A marsh harrier soared in the distance and as I scanned the horizon with my binoculars, I am positive that I saw two large birds landing into the reedbeds a long way off. They were grey with black wingtips and long necks, I am certain these were cranes. Unfortunately, Mum did not see them along with two other visitors.
|Large Red Damselfly|
At the first two hides, a large colony of black-headed gulls were sitting on or building thier nests. A few avocets and greylag geese sitting on their nests with these noisy neighbours. I also saw a reed bunting and couple of coot families. The chicks were small and black with bald red heads, one of the ugliest youngsters around and one only a mother would love!
|Black-headed Gull Colony|
|Coot and Chick|
|Another Four-spot Chaser|
|I think this is a female Broad-bodied Chaser|
|Hoverfly and Thistle|
|Blackbird eating an apple|
After lunch, we went for a longer walk towards Bittern Hide and a few viewpoints. The path we were walking on was buzzing with life, as I spot green tiger beetles taking off to avoid our disturbance. Reed, sedge and Cetti's warblers sang in the reedbeds as we got to Bittern Hide. Inside, we could see hobbies and marsh harries circling above, while more greylags were nesting in front of the hide below. We were told that we had missed out on a couple of cranes flying past just quater of an hour before we arrived to the hide. How did we miss that? Never mind.
|Green Tiger Beetle|