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Monday, May 25, 2009

I went to see the Dragons really....

As I mentioned I was planning ongoing to Wicken Fen on Saturday and didn't so today I headed off.

I had noticed last night that a Squacco Heron at Wicken so I expected a few more birders about than normal.

As it was early I headed out to Adventurers Fen the sun was shining brightly at this stage so it boded well. There were Turtledoves calling but could I see them? No! there was one at Hatfield Saturday and he was not playing ball either.

ooh first Hawker of the year!

A Hairy Dragonfly.

From the first hide there were Redshanks and Lapwings and from the second I added this chap and a Cuckoo.

Well on to where the Squacco was. And there it was to far for photos. Loads of Litte Egrets and a pair of Terns on a nest.

I headed off with Cetti's and Blackcaps teasing me from bushes. I did see Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat. There was a Marsh Harrier in the distance and then this chap.

As I strolled on I suddenly saw this "dove" perched up. Ooh a Turtledove! a few record shots.

The sun had stopped shining and so my chances of further dragons was limited so I headed off. A rather pleasant 3-4 hours.


Carol said...

I had a dragonfly on my clothesline this morning...kept trying to reel him in close enough for a luck. Guess I need a bigger lens or a scope.

Pete said...

hi carol, finally added you to my blogroll.

you do need a reasonably powerful lens.

although you get armadillos!!

holdingmoments said...

Sounds like a good day Pete.
Well done on seeing the Squacco; never seen one of these before.
Turtle Dove too; excellent day!

Tricia said...

Well I'm impressed - seeing a Squacco - have to admit I've not heard of them!!

And a turtle dove as well - not seen one of those but would love to.

Good pics and a lovely day by the sounds of it!

And yes, a very strange light today.

oldcrow61 said...

Great pictures Pete. Can't wait to see my first dragonfly of the season.