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Hamm Wall Special

Hamm Wall Special

Bittern

There isn't a better place that I know of to view Bitterns, and if you haven't been to Hamm Wall yet, I highly recommend it for everyone. It has good disabled access, all on the flat, despite being a large place and it is full of amazing birds! 

Todays visit with good friend Paul Joy consisted of many great species with Bitterns showing well, Great White Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Cuckoo, Hobby and much much more.  

Disappointed that the day ended with a terrible migraine that I'm still suffering from but still had an awesome time with great company. 

Birding with my Bro

Today I had the rare chance of having a birding trip with my Brother, not something we get the chance to do often but usually ends well! I think 'sharp eyes' runs in the family and spotting things that move comes natural to my Brother. I seem to name a Bird and 2 seconds later my brother would spot one. It was a good combination!: as it lead to me seeing 2 birds that I've never seen before. Not brilliant images but that's not what Birding is about.. I know I'll always take the opportunity to get a better picture if I can do so without disturbing the animal but that isn't what birding is about and that's the joy of birding. It's something that pure wildlife photographers will miss out on because for them, it's all about getting the best shot. Either way, here are 2 birds, 1 which was quite far away called a Glossy Ibis and the other which was hanging out with some Tufted Ducks which is called a Ring-necked Duck. 

Other birds from today trip to Hamm Wall were the first years Swallow, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Bittern (Heard but not seen), Great White Egret, Little Egret, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Gadwall, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and many more of the typicals 

Hamm Wall Fun

Spent a couple hours with good friend Paul Joy today at Hamm Wall RSPB Nature Reserve. By far my favourite RSPB reserve with incredible diversity of wildlife and extremely well managed place. I was introduced to this site through my first 'twitch' to go see the Hudsonian Godwit. (Hudwit). On this occasion I just wanted to introduce Paul to the site so that he could familiarise himself with the place. I wasn't expecting to still see Hobby's but there were still a few around! Still LOTS of Dragonflies on the wing so it was a buffet for them! Plenty of Marsh Frogs still on the ponds with lots of newly transformed tadpoles. We saw lots of other birds from Kingfishers, Marsh Harriers, Great White Egrets, Snipe, Black-necked Grebe and lots of the usuals. 

Hamm Wall Nature Reserve (Bittern)

Great trip to Hamm Wall today with the better half, didn't take long before we were into a flying Bittern followed by many other booming around the reserve. Several Great White Egret were on the reserve flying around in pairs (good sign of breeding). I lost count with the amount of Hobby lapping up the early Dragonflies and rising insects. We watched 3 on a single patch for an hour hunting. We also heard a few Marsh Frogs around the reserve! Another first for me! 

Unexpected Twitch to Ham Wall Nature Reserve (Hudsonian Godwit)

Well, I was not prepared for this today! a few of my birding friends rang me up asking if I'd like to go see this Hudsonian Godwit and not only did we get to see it, I got to see some other birds for the first time also! Had my first ever Great White Egret and also heard 2 Booming Bitterns! Saw lots of Hobby fresh in along with 2 swifts (good sign of summer).