Sunday, 20 June 2010

B.W.T.

Blue-winged Teal (Photo by kind permission of Paul Moon)

No not Bacon, Wettuce and Tomato, but a cracking male Blue winged Teal.
Paul, Nik and I decided to undertake an evening twitch to Berry Fen in Cambridgeshire to try and see this bird-a lifer for Paul and I.
On arriving at this superb site it was teeming with water birds and it was obviously going to be quite a job picking out our target.There. were plenty of Mallard, a few Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, several Tufteds, a single Shelduck, a moulting drake Garganey and a couple of Little Grebe. Redshanks were everywhere with one on practically every fence post, also some Ringed and Little ringed Plovers, Lapwings and a lone Little Egret. A Barn Owl hunted over the far meadow and a male Marsh Harrier flew across.
Eventually Paul picked out the Teal in the company of 5 Eurasian Teal and we enjoyed good views until we left the site. An Oystercatcher that flew up the river was our final bird.

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