It had already been a good morning with a couple of Little Terns (rare for this area and a patch tick)
and White-winged Terns, Curlew Sandpiper
more Curlew Sandpipers
good numbers of Squacco Herons, Little and Cattle Egrets and a single Ferruginous Duck.
Other birds in the past few weeks have been a flock of 12 Collared Pratincoles, c. 100+ White-winged Terns, a fall of Great Reed Warblers (c. 8 in one morning, the following day they were all gone), Little and Spotted Crakes, up to five Little Bitterns
large numbers of Bee-eaters and a pair of Little Green Bee-eaters
Rollers, Hoopoes, swifts (Common, Pallid and Alpine) and the usual Hirundines, Ruff, Wood and Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Scrub Bush Robins singing on their territories, a few Collared Flycatchers, Sedge, Reed and Clamorous Reed Warblers, Kingfishers etc. Wonderful birding! The new landscaping of the area has provided some great habitat for waders especially but the removal of reeds and bank side shrubs has resulted in a lack of cover and back to record shot territory. No matter, it's more about the birds than the photos.
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