Saturday, 15 December 2012

Waxing in the Rain!

I was unsure where to go this morning, Reculver to try to re-find the Black Brant, Oare Marshes to see Whooper Swans or Grove Ferry for hopefully more Waxwings. Knowing that it may be a good few years until I am treated to Waxwings locally in good numbers and plenty of photo opportunities I decided to visit Grove Ferry. The only problem was the weather, wind and rain were causing problems early on and they did throughout the morning but on a few occasions the sun did pop out briefly, very briefly. I arrived at Grove Ferry at 7am where I wandered up to the ramp. Fieldfare and Redwing were flying out of the paddock and at the ramp I noted c250 Cormorant flying out of the reserve, c400 Teal, 12 Marsh Harrier passed out of the reserve, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Waxwing flying east calling, 1 Bearded Tit, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Bewick's Swans appeared high over the back pool before after a circuit of Grove flew off east. I was joined by Sue Morton where after more heavy showers we took shelter in the Feast hide. Not much here except 2 more Marsh Harrier and 1 Water Rail. As the rain stopped briefly we made our way back to the car adding 1 Green Woodpecker and we then decided to pay a visit to Lakeside Business Park to see if the Waxwings were around. I arrived a few minutes later and was soon watching 24 Waxwing. With the showers quite frequent I decided to park up for the next hour or so and just watch these beauties at work. When the odd bit of sun appeared I managed a few shots but nowhere as good as the other day. Maybe another visit tomorrow just in case the sun does shine again.


Waxwing

4 comments:

  1. Another Waxwing, so necessary to get as many, because, they won't be here for long. And, they are beautiful.

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  2. Hi Marc,
    Still nice images, especially so in the tough conditions :-) Looks like tomorrow might be a little brighter. The pressures of Xmas shopping are taking their toll on the camera time too now, not enough daylight hours left in the day! LoL

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