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July 2012

Early June 2012

We now all know that Black-winged Stilts nested in Somerset this year. Suffice to say that they were distant. In fact, they were bloomin' miles away. Literally. The reason I haven't posted any images yet is firstly because the news has only been released, and secondly because they're rubbish. Anyway, the rubbish photos above (incidentally, all of which were digiscoped on an iphone at extreme, hard core zoom!) show the male in the top two and the fussy image below is of the actual nest with the female sat on it. Unfortunately, the nesting attempt was abandoned.

7 July 2012

The weather may have been dreadful, but Shapwick was gorgeous today. Everyone else had stayed at home, the car park was empty but the birds didn't seem to mind. The Great White Egret is one of the three fledged chicks. The Marsh Harrier is the grotty male that's been seen at quite a few places on the levels.

 

 
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