Russ and I drove towards Wallasea Island at 9.30 this morning in the pouring rain but with the promise from the weather men that things would turn out fine, and it did. We arrived in (glorious) sunshine and through the clouds of Corn Buntings we were greeted with a wonderful display by 2 Short-Eared Owls hunting around the fields eventually spiraling upwards together then disappearing in opposite directions. After that we saw some Marsh Harriers and big flocks of Linnets, Lapwings, and Wood Pigeons. We then had lunch and installed ourselves at the white gate and decided thats where we would spend the rest of the day, a good position to see all round. Sure enough after a small quiet period birds were going up in the distance and Yes! there coming towards us was a large raptor every now and then hovering, definately the Rough-legged Buzzard, causing havoc as it moved towards us at a steady rate, good views. The shorties started hunting again as did Marshies and lots of Kestrels (happy to say). We were just about to go because the rain seemed imminent, when a Ringtail suddenly appeared, then another, we eventually had 2 Ringtails and a Marsh Harrier all in the same place, wonderful sight and a satisfying day.
fantastic flight shotsReplyDelete