Birds Water

Little Egret on The Dart

Little Egrets are everywhere these days.

This fella was less than 2 minutes from Morrisons in Totnes.

Little Egret Sept 2018

He was taking selfies of himself in the Dart river

Little Egret 2 Sept 2018

Absolutely no self-esteem issues whatsoever.

You could do some serious stabbing with that filleting spike of a beak.

Little Egret 3 Sept 2018

He was only about 30 feet away from where I stood.

But his miscroscopic mind, his total attention, was on far more important matters.

Little Egret 4 Sept 2018

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Warren Wonder

A Saturday afternoon on Dawlish Warren.
In just a few hours we were entertained and engrossed by:

Red Darter and Emperor Dragonflies.
Hundreds of Oystercatchers.
Six Barnacle Geese * (on the golf course obstructing play)
Two Little Egrets frisking about together.
A Kestrel hovering.
A flock of Linnets rapid flyover.
A Robin singing any other bird off.
A dainty stepping Mediterranean Gull *.
A Cormorant hanging its wings out to dry.
A Grey Heron preening, prancing, flapping, and flying.

* Barnacle Geese and Mediterranean Gull are new additions to Birder Brown & Birder Nisbets Twitcher Tick List (only another 198 birds/ticks to go)

A veritable bird bonanza is Dawlish Warren.

(Bad) (Mad) Bird watchers: Hazel Brown & Ian Nisbet

Dawlish Ducks & Geese

Wot a lot of ducks Dawlish got.

They got white Call Ducks

Call Ducks May 6th 2018

They got little white Crested Ducks

Crested Duck May 6th 2018

(alternative daft names for this duck are required)

They got a little White Faced Whistling Duck

Seen here checking his nadgers.

Whistling Duck May 6th 2018

No he wasn’t. He was having a little think.

And here he is jumping for JOY!

Whistling Duck 2 May 6th 2018

Well it was the sort of sunny spring afternoon to be joyful about.

Here is an outrageously attired Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck May 6th 2018

Trying to have a bit of a Sunday afternoon snooze

And here is The Great Crusted Tuft

Great Crusted Tuft May 6th 2018

Sneakily looking at the Chinese Geese from under that rather swish hat.

And that was happily that. Out of the two dozen or so types of water fowl waddling around Dawlish, 11 were captured by our cameras. And stuck in this film below.

Ducksch and Geesch are fluffy schweeties so they are.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Reed Warbler on Slapton Ley

There the warbler was, on his reed, chattering away.

I could only hear him. Luckily, Haze could also see him; she zoomed right in with camera.
The little chap gave us 2 minutes of its reedy warbling.

Haze says: ‘I want the film to be posted ‘as is’ onto the blog’.

So here it is. As is.
A precious reed warbler.
As was.

Rapt Attention: Hazel Brown
Rapturous Singing: Mr Reed Warbler
Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet