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Feb 12th -27th - Costa Rica - full

Mar 20th - 30th Morocco - 10 nights. - £1190

April 5th - 12th - Andalucia migration tour. - £750 - 2 places

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April 29th - 6th May. - Lesvos - £875

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Red-throated Bee-eater

Red-throated Bee-eater
join us for a fantastic tour of The Gambia this November

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DAY OUT IN SOMERSET

Ham Wall - Shapwick Heath - Westhay Moor

Weather cloudy all day, windy at times, outbreaks of sunshine. Temp 11C

Today I met Nigel at Ham Wall RSPB car park at 8am for a day's birding in the wonderful marshland area of the Somerset Levels. A Bittern was heard 'booming' from the car park, a promising start.


Great Crested Grebes

We walked along the central track noting several common garden species as well as Little Egret, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Mallard. A quick stop at the first look-out added Great White Egret, Mute Swan, Little and Great Crested Grebes, Moorhen and Coot to our list. From the first hide we watched Common Snipe and from the Tor-View Hide we had great views of two Glossy Ibis, these two local celebities have been around for almost a year and there are high hopes that they will breed this year, that is, if one is a boy and one is a girl.


Glossy Ibis


Common Snipe

Close views of Reed Bunting and distant Common Buzzard were followed by Song Thrush and Cetti's Warbler further along the track. We made our way to the Avalon Hide which offers superb views over the surrounding reed-beds and a large pool. An hour passed quickly as we enjoyed short views of at least 3 Bitterns! A Water Rail was nice to see and extended views of a small party of Bearded Tits was a highlight and even though they were distant they looked great in the scope.


TUFTED DUCK


TUFTED DUCKS - taken by Nigel Bleaken

Marsh Harriers sightings were frequent, they are obviously pairing off and are currently nest building, they gave quite a show.

Back at the car park Nigel produced a nice cup of coffee with chocolate-chip biscuits, wow the best thing he'd found all morning! ha! Above us dozens of Sand Martins were dashing about quite high up as was a male Marsh Harrier which was performing some kind of display.


Reed Bunting

After the coffee break we walked to Noah's Lake where we sat in the raised hide and enjoyed another hour. Our sighting highlights were Goldeneye (a pair), pintail (3), Kingfisher, Common Buzzards (4) it looked as tgough they were pairing off too! A Bittern 'boomed' several times off to our right and a few minutes later it flew right across our view in the front of the hide. This was fantastic and our best sighting today of this normally secretive and elusive species. Our return journey to the car park was via a new boardwalk route which was an interesting excursion and produced sightings of Bullfinch and a noisy Wren with a beak full of moss.


View from the Avalon Hide

For the afternoon we drove round to Westhay Moor and walked along London Drove hoping to bump into a flock of Siskin and/or Redpoll, neither of which turned up. At 30 Acre Lake we found lots more Pintails and a couple of Goosander, a Great White Egret sporting a black bill and the breeding 'green' lores was a indication that the 'Levels' were going to have another successful year with this species.


A pair of Northern Pintail

In last year's breeding birds' survey the Levels recorded 43 Booming Bitterns, 8 Breeding Pairs of Great White Egrets and two male Little Bitterns failed to find a female (but successfully bred in the previous 3 years).


a record shot of a distant Goosander

We finished off back in the car park where 4 more Great White Egrets flew over. It had been a great day out with lots of sightings, spring is definitely in the air.


Spring is in the air

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The best of Spring Migration - Lesvos

MIGRATION TOUR - LESVOS 28TH APRIL - MAY 6TH 2017

Spring is in the air, bird migration has started, already several Swallows have been sighted in the UK.

Wheatears, Sand Martins, Chiffchaffs and Sandwich Terns have made it back already.

During the next few week over 900 million birds will make it back to the Western Palearctic from their wintering grounds in Africa.

There is one idyllic place in Aegean Sea to see them, the wonderful Greek island of  LESVOS.

This tiny island is a gem of a place to watch migration, everyday new species turn up, sometimes in their thousands. Lesvos is in an ideal position close to the Turkish Mainland and it 'fools' migrating birds into thinking that they have in fact reached the mainland, so they drop in.

Last year the island was practically deserted, devoid of birders, especially during the peak weeks of Migration because of 'false news' regarding the human migration of displaced Syrians. We saw zero human migrants, the island was as beautiful and untouched as ever.

This year there are no direct flights in April which will only exacerbate the situation, the locals need our support, hotels are going bust, restaurants are closing down and car hire has never been so cheap.

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Here are few pictures, taken during recent trips, to whet your appetite:

Long-eared Owl

Little Bittern

Little Crake

Masked Shrike

Penduline Tit

Collared Pratincole

Red-throated Pipit

European Roller

Scops Owl

Squacco Heron

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

the medieval Kremasti Bridge


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