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Grey Lake was living up to its name today. Chilly and grey, well it is a bank holiday after all. What do you expect! I met Mike Tout and we settled down in the main hide wit quite a few others. Perhaps a hang over from that bird over at Shapwick. Thankfully they gradually dwindled away. Despite the dullness it was quit entertaining at parts. A steady stream of Yellow Wagtail sightings and the constant 'Where's the Green Winged Teal'. I never really got to see it properly but, as I say, there was plenty to entertain.
It started with a local star. A magnificent Male Bittern fly-by. He was booming well all day.
Male Bittern in full bloom and boom
Next constant entertainers, even though they decided to do a bit of a disappearing act every now and then, were four Ruff, two male, two female along with a few Red Shank. One female had a patch with missing feathers on the front of its neck!
Female Ruff with missing neck feathers
Peregrine making a distant pass
Roe Deer and Pylons
Male Ruff in flight
But the best entertainment was watching the Lapwings harassing everything with a sharp beak that came anywhere near their patches. This Heron came in for most of the stick! Feisty things Lapwings even at the best of times but when they are nesting you don't want to argue with them!
Spot the Buzzard waiting patiently in the tree for any opportunity.
It eventually gave up and flew off. Coming back a few more times to get the same treatment.
Easy things to shoot. They are big, slow and not too shy.
With a lull in the action I clipped on my new favourite lens. The Takuma Super-Macro 50mm F4
Spider in the corner
Erm its Black and white, so its interesting ok
The real beauty of this lens is you can go from the pics above to this one
A grey day at Grey lake
There was still a lull so I entertained myself, and Mike, with trying to get the St Marks Flies that were hovering just outside with a 50mm lens!
St Marks Fly
Other high lights of the day........
Reed Bunting taking nesting material
That Male Ruff refusing to ruff up
The Red Shank won
Warning - Cuteness alert!! A pair of Canada Geese had a brood of Goslings, six in all. They gradually came close enough to get them.
That Buzzard liked to shelter in this tree. I'm rather chuffed with this pic.
One of the four Yellow Wagtails a long, long, long, long way away
Some Eurasian Teal. The Green Winged one stayed put
By about five we had had enough. The chilly breeze and drizzle was getting a bit close to the bone so we made our way back. Yet another Heron was sitting and I couldn't refuse.