Little Egrets are everywhere these days.
This fella was less than 2 minutes from Morrisons in Totnes.
He was taking selfies of himself in the Dart river
Absolutely no self-esteem issues whatsoever.
You could do some serious stabbing with that filleting spike of a beak.
He was only about 30 feet away from where I stood.
But his miscroscopic mind, his total attention, was on far more important matters.
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
A pair of black swans giving it a bit of dawlish.
They looked like they might be co-operating with one another.
Sharing the nosh.
Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet
Wot a lot of ducks Dawlish got.
They got white Call Ducks
They got little white Crested Ducks
(alternative daft names for this duck are required)
They got a little White Faced Whistling Duck
Seen here checking his nadgers.
No he wasn’t. He was having a little think.
And here he is jumping for JOY!
Well it was the sort of sunny spring afternoon to be joyful about.
Here is an outrageously attired Mandarin Duck
Trying to have a bit of a Sunday afternoon snooze
And here is The Great Crusted Tuft
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
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.
Rapt Attention: Hazel Brown
Rapturous Singing: Mr Reed Warbler
Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet
The Black Swans of Dawlish. What Dawlish is famous for.
Plus 3 of their little 2 week old Black Swan cygnets.
Plus an old Chinese Goose with a flappy dewlap.
Plus a pair of Crested Indian Runner Ducks. Well, not a totally positive id. But there was a crest. And they were running (male chasing the female)