Sunday, 13 April 2014

S.B.C. Fieldtrip to Pulborough Brooks.

Anita and I spent a very enjoyable and sunny day at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve today in the company of members of the Surrey Bird Club (SBC). I personally logged 48 species and added a few to my year list including Avocet (4), Garganey, Nightingale (5), Swallow and Marsh Harrier (2).

Chiffchaff

Chaffinch

Dunnock

After our lunch break we headed over the heath to the watch point overlooking the South Brooks where we managed scoped views of a male Garganey, a single Redshank and a few more Lapwing plus soaring Common Buzzards and a pair of hunting Marsh Harriers. 

Common Buzzard

On the return journey to the car park a Red Kite drifted overhead but I only managed a quick shot taken through a gap in the branches. After cropping I noticed that it was looking down at us as it flew over!
Red Kite
 Peacock butterflies were fairly numerous plus Brimstone and Orange Tip were also seen.

Peacock Butterfly


Peacock Butterfly
Tomorrow we are driving into Kent to meet up with friends for a walk somewhere so who knows what wildlife sightings hold in store for us.  FAB.

6 comments:

  1. Frank, getting the raptor pics in flight isn't an easy feat, nice captures. The butterfly pics (and others) are all lovely too of course.

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  2. An excellent series. I especially like the butterflies.

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  3. Looks as though you had a good day out Frank, with a grand tally of 'ticks'. I hope you have an equally good day on your visit to Kent. Myself and Keith are on an early start to visit Titchwell today...[;o)

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  4. Hi frank great bird shot but I love the butterfly. I have not seen this one this year yet.

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  5. Love the eye in your Dunnock shot, it is such a pretty bird and I love seeing it in the garden. It's only small tortoiseshells up this way (not that many yet). Planted cuckoo flowers in damp grass edge of new wildlife pond hoping to attract the orange tip.

    Have a good trip to Kent - there's always Sissinghurst for butterflies. You'd get a nice lunch there too ;-)

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  6. Frank, it's good to have you back. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what you're getting photos of. They're all very nice, but today, the Butterfly is my favorite!

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