Saturday, 19 September 2009

Anyone For Ibis?

.................................GET IN!

At 07:10 this morning, Nick phoned to say Clive had got SIX GLOSSY IBIS on Blackhole Marsh. FLIPPING HECK!!!!!!...............

Ten minutes later I was on site and had a patch tick under the belt : ) After about 15 minutes or so, they took off and flew low over the tram line and across the river. Soon afterwards they were relocated below the farm gate. Great find Clive - well done!

I had to pop into work this morning, but mid morning I went to the farm gate to get more of them! What superb birds....and about BLOODY TIME! Year after year after year we've being saying "we must get a Glossy Ibis this year..."

Here are some photos from this morning, starting with part of the view from the farm gate...


Can you see them? Between the near hedge and that narrow strip of water...

All six of them... and a Blackwit!

And here's a few more snaps of the birds...

Stunning birds! And they look so at home here!

Nice to see some friendly faces this morning. After I'd been studying the birds, I turned around and momentarily thought I had been transported to Somerset....

THE Somerset Boys.... accept no imitations!

Normally you can squeeze three cars in at the farm gate, that went out the window this morning...

I guess it will only get worse.... oh well - plod drove past several times without stopping!

This happens a lot here, we get a good run of scarce birds, then a real goodie appears (or six in this case!). Let's just hope the run continues....

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