Monday, 11 November 2013

Glossy Ibis "Twitch & Dip"

After seeing the Glossy Ibis at Dungeness,  all be it distantly, thought  I would try and see the Stodmarsh Glossy Ibis which has been showing extremely well in front of the reed bed Hide.

Some of the local Stodmarsh  birders were showing some excellent photographs on their various blogs, would have loved to get a close photograph of the juvenile Glossy Ibis.

 I left it for a few days to avoid  a crowded hide, not wanting to embarrass myself in the company of many seasoned photographers, being new to the game of photography.

The Ibis first reported on the 19th October remained until the morning of the 24th October, unfortunately missed it by a couple of hours.

Important lesson learned,  Don't wait,  go for it, 

The Ibis had been seen earlier in the morning but flew off  when the teal flock was spooked, its normal behavior was to  return within about 20 mins,  not this day,  a Glossy Ibis was later newly reported in East Sussex later that day, probably the Stodmarsh juvenile.

Not much else to see from the hide, Although I thought this Greylag  Goose posed nicely quite close and with a nice reflection.

The Great Crested grebe moved into the pool in front of the hide again.

I moved on for a walk around the reserve, heading for Grove ferry end in the hope of a Bearded Tit or Kingfisher sighting. Not to much to be seen, a couple of Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard flying high over the reserve.

I called in at the Marsh hide, very quite in fact no birds on view at all.

On reaching the David Feast hide at Grove, plenty of dabblers in the form of Mallard, teal and Gadwall.
Some crazy antics from the Mallards as they paired up for the new breeding season.

A couple of Gadwall drakes were trying to impress this female with some courtship display.

Not much else to photograph here, although a Little grebe put in an appearance, a few Lapwing and some Black Headed Gulls on the Rafts.

Still no Kingfisher or Bearded tits photographed yet.

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