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So I stopped out side the car park and waited for James. I had a quick look over my shoulder to see if he was on his way, nope not a sign. I bent down to check my tyres and AHHH! he was there on my shoulder! The bugger frit the life out of me. Sod. I turned round after recovering ready to move off and a bloody woman was walking straight towards me AHHHH! Sod(ess)
We were of in a jiff to Morrisons for refreshments. The place was buzzing with police and fire crews everywhere. Open day apparently. I instantly pondered hanging around to do a bit of photography. I was soon shocked out of it as a fuzz walked past and his walky talky went off AHHHH! Sod(Officer).
Finally we ended up at VP1 Hamwall. It was going to be a classic run with a little surprise for James but more of that later. The plan was to bag a Swift. One had been reported so I was keen to see my first of the year.
Two buzzards and a Crow having a spat
We did actually see a rarity. I'm sure you've all seen it a million times already and we appolagies for being a little late to the party however here is the Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis and Tor (Just)
It was a nice surprise. I was actually sort of hoping not to ever see it, you know, just to be different. Bit like the Hudsonian Godwit which I'm proud to say I never saw. Anyway we moved on to the Avalon Hide. Fairly quiet save for horny Grebes.
To the Tor hide and a brief Bittern
I had a bit of a surprise when I saw this!! WTF!! Erm a scary ghost cat sort of thing!! Answers on a postcard please
From the Tor hide we saw the other resident rarity. The Ring Necked Duck. Bit like a dirty Tufty with a flash bill. Still nice to see and we had great fun pointing it out to all and sundry who entered, mostly with a midlands accent. Must have been a coach trip.
Three Garganey and the Ring Necked in the back ground plus Tuftys
Moving on to Shapwick where there was a Cormorant, yes that was it, one Cormorant, we came across the semi completed new Hide by the Scrape. You know I don't like hides with notable exceptions including the new Hamwall Avalon Hide and I'm willing to give them a try however first impressions don't hold well I'm afraid. I'll refrain until I've put a few muddy boot prints on the floor.
We came across a few basking Slow Worms on the path. A very nice surprise indeed. James couldn't get them with his auto focus thingy so had to rely on me with my 100mm Macro Takumar Manual.
And now for the surprise. I was given a bit of inside info, nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more gov'nor. Had it all planned and led the way to here
Actually this is Heath Rhyne we really went to Heath Rhyne at the back of Hamwall.
And what a nice place it is to. Plans didn't go well as we intended to cycle along there but after 100 feet we were stumped by a large style and very narrow plank bridge. Anyway we wandered along and snapped a few thing in a very tranquil environ.
We stopped directly opposite the Avalon Hide
Funny how the Marsh Harriers were exactly equidistant between us and the Hide.
James making a leap of faith
On the Sunday I had another tranquil wander this time along the South Drain towards Huntspill. Absolutely nothing to see bar a few Shelducks. The best thing was a Sparrow Hawk being mobbed by two Swallows. I've sent his before. Raptors a wimps when they are in the air
A tranquil stop at Tealham had a nice surprise in the form of a Marsh Harrier
James cpouldn't be arsed to put his pics in the right order or even in the right place and I can't be arsed to do it for him so here they are. They might look a little familiar as we were in the same place at the same time with one exception.
The darker blob is an Ibis. The worst picture of an Ibis ever taken
Here's that exception. He got a blood Swift didn't he.
G G G Garganey having a swim at Tor Hide