I spend so much time down at Newton Marsh, I rarely bother posting about the site nowadays unless there is something unusual to say, complacency has overcome me. The Wigeon are always great to see but the busier vehicular traffic is keeping them (and everything else) further afield. The water appears to be too deep for the waders.
Evening visits are difficult because of the low sun shining straight at you, so photography is 'awkward' to say the least. Anyway I attach a series of record images taken recently of a Buzzard accompanied by a Hare for the simple reason to dismiss the concept of Buzzards being ruthless killers of anything that moves. The Hare clocked the buzzard, who must have been worm seeking and came over and joined the buzzard, who appeared a little perplexed by this approach, but clearly comfortable in each other's company... and I thought you might like to see this encounter. The size comparison is also interesting. Poor images in very low light at distance.
And finally, after two years or more, my first reasonable image of a Merlin. (double clicking images = enlargement)
|Male Reed Bunting visits the homestead|
|Wigeon splashdown at sunset|
|Evening sun catches the Wigeon's wings|
|Good 'ere innit?|
|Think you're big enough?|
|Merlin – a photo, three years in the making!|