Saturday 10 July 2010

...From Norfolk to Slimbridge WWT

Maaan! Twitching really screws you up!
A sorry scene from the RIVER WARBLER event!
(Photo courtesy of Stevie Dunn)

After filling our faces we then made our way home via the sun-drenched Brecks where we picked up a trio of Stone Curlews at Foxhole Heath. The birds are always pretty distant as this site but reasonable scoped views were enjoyed briefly through the annoying heat haze. Other species on site included a few Eurasian Curlew, a couple of young Green Woodpeckers and good numbers of Skylark and Linnet.

It was then homeward bound for a much deserved nap..... that is until news filtered through regarding a WHITE-TAILED PLOVER still being present in Gloucestershire. Jules and I were up for heading straight down there but an exhausted Pezza was missing his darling, little newborn baby far too much and decided to opt out of the extended trip.

Warning: Never fall asleep with Arch in a car otherwise you'll get 'bitch papped'!
Anthony Worrall-Thompson lookalike Jules Allen becomes the latest victim.

Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire.

After a quick change of pants, a brush of teeth and rinse of the face we then made our way down the M5 to Gloucestershire. Luckily I am a member of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust but poor Jules had to resort to selling some of his elderly mother's antique jewelry in order to afford the entrance fee. We then made our way to the Zeiss Hide where we found fellow West Midlander Steve Nuttall watching the bird. Steve had already grilled his native Belvide Reservoir earlier on in the day in the hope that the Plover had decided to head up the Severn and become attracted to the low water levels of his beloved local patch. The gorgeous WHITE-TAILED PLOVER continued to show constantly if not a little too distantly during our time in the hide. The only other wader of note amongst the Northern Lapwings was a single Common Greenshank.

The view of the Severn Estuary from the Zeiss Hide at Slimbridge WWT.

A few record shots of the WHITE-TAILED PLOVER at Slimbridge WWT.

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