Friday 25 March 2016


 Presumably this firecrest on Seaton Marshes today is the same one that Tim Wright has seen a few times over the past few weeks.  It was very active in the afternoon sun and easily disturbed by the large numbers of people out enjoying the long Easter weekend and the sunshine.

Thursday 24 March 2016

Our Long Staying Glossy Ibis

I shall really miss our glossy ibis when it chooses to go.  I've become so accustomed to seeing it every time I visit the marshes that it will be strange without it.  It has been here since October when there was originally 2 and during that time it has changed colour quite dramatically.  I have collected rather a lot of pictures over the last 5 months and have been having a sort out over the last few weeks.  
Having been somewhat overshadowed by the green winged teal that is still present I think it deserves a post to itself for having stayed so long and given us so much entertainment.

These last 3 were taken back in October and show how brown it was originally.

Friday 4 March 2016

A Trip To Portesham

A spur of the moment decision yesterday morning to take a trip to see the Portesham Pallas's warbler turned out to be a great success.   Within a few minutes of our arrival is was showing really well and continued to do so on and off from then on.  It was a shame the light was rather dull but it is a strikingly beautiful little bird and was lovely to see whatever the light.  It was very active chasing lots of little flies.  While being quite mobile around the bushes and trees it gave me a really enjoyable hour.