Monday, 23 April 2018

Unexpected Ibis ........

23 Apr - A morning visit to Slimbridge mainly to see the Avocets that are now nesting, but when I called in to the Martin Smith hide on the off-chance, the Glossy Ibis was visible in the reeds just a few feet away, and feeding in the morning sun just a few feet from the hide, posing for the camera at times ....... together with a Little Egret nearby, a nice pair. Avocets are on site in good numbers, and feeding and interacting with some nests visible, but generally fairly distant from the hides. Also some summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwits but the light not good to admire their chestnut colours. A pair of Med Gulls have this year built a nest on South Lake, and the adults were looking smart with their jet-black hoods and red bills. As usual, an enjoyable visit and I was later leaving than I intended ! En route home, a quick check at Eysey and now four Greenshanks present, along with 3 Ringed Plovers, LRP and sum plum Dunlin.

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