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I looked out the window and saw sun. So I donned on a t shirt and a flimsy gillet (just in case it was a bit cold) and headed over to Ham Wall. On the way I noted a very cheap Citreon C2 (opposite Sense hair salon if you are interested). Only £995, bargain if you ask me. Its probably been ranted to oblivion at that price, but I digress.
I met Andrew at VP2. He was chilling and just enjoying the surroundings. On the way in he saw a Woodpecker and Swifts aplenty. He was quite excited that he may have photographed a Lesser woodpecker (he really wants to see one), sadly after some discussion it was clear that it was the bigger version. .
We went on to VP1 where Mike was watching a Whitethroat. I managed a half decent pic before it flitted off into the undergrowth.
Whitethroat singing his heart out
Mike then talked about a pair of Spotted Redshank at VP2, which we had missed. I quickly formulated a plan. We could let Mike go down there, find them and then we could look as well (its called lazy birding). As I hurried Mike along we ditched the bikes and strolled about a bit at Waltons.
Pochard, Tufties and a GWE Egret were in attendance along with a murderous Coot who killed one of it young. Nice.
Best picture ever
We headed through Shapwick. A chap was photographing something in the verge, probably a butterfly or something...
Not to be out done, we stopped at a little patch where there are regularly reptiles out basking. Sure enough we were rewarded with plenty of Slow Worms and even a dinky Grass snake.
We decided to head back to the spot where the bloke was photographing after Steve Balcombe told us of snake activity. We took a look about, after a few minutes I spotted a scaly body. She was a big one, well over a foot long. Sadly she wouldn't come out of the hedge. But luckily Andrew had his macro.
Fangtastic! A head shot.
Eventually she slid away, leaving us to consider our next move. A quick trip to Westhay. We stopped on the way and met these two fellows... I think we owe an apology regarding facial hair.
Then, on to Westhay. Where there was bugger all really. Save for some rustling reeds and the odd Cetti's and a few Buzzards.
Wish it was a Kite
The sun was getting a little lower in the sky, we had grand plans of going to Catcott but in the end we sat down at The Railway instead. No Guinea-fowl, but plenty of reptile photos. A pretty fangtastic day all in all.
Great shots as always! Pretty sure you met the same showy Whitethroat as I did at VP1..... got to be the most photographed Warbler in Somerset!:)ReplyDelete
Yes. He is very accommodating! Those Bitterns you got were rather good btw.Delete