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25 August 2009

Spotted Crake is always a great bird to watch, especially when it's showing well and is in Somerset. This one (top) at Greylake RSPB was chasing Grass Snakes at one stage. Some more shots of the Chard GWE (lower),

 

15 August 2009

I've never been to Chard Reservoir before, and what a great place it is. Admittedly there were some good birds present which helped, and to go against the trend of other Somerset bird hides, you can actually see some birds from the hide at Chard. Unfortunately, someone thought it'd be a great idea to stick some bars right across the viewing slots which is a minor irritation. The birds above were all taken there, from the top Great White Egret, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher and Spotted Redshank.

Greater Horseshoe bat © Paul Bowyer

9 August 2009

Following last week discovery of the first Annulet for the patch on Brean Down last night proved productive with loads of them present, including a copulating pair. The highlight of the night was a Greater Horsehoe bat which flew into the petrel ringing nets and was released unharmed after a few photos.

 

 
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