|Looking hard for Golden Orioles at their British stronghold of Lakenheath RSPB, Suffolk.|
|Farmland at Lakenheath has been successfully turned back into true wet fen habitat.|
In due course, most of the assembled crowd managed to get 'record shot' looks at what I suspect was a different male, perched in the canopy and partly obscured by a tree trunk away from where we had the first sighting. This time I did manage to line it up in a scope, but even then not all of those who looked were able to pick it out. These birds are beautiful and frustrating in equal measure.
|Marsh Harriers are everywhere at Lakenheath, with occasional birds like this male showing very well.|
|Water Voles watch out ...|
|Hobbies are often seen catching dragonflies over the site, and last month up to 65 together were reported.|
For more on Golden Orioles, I recommend David Callahan’s excellent Birdwatch article from June 2009 (204: 42-45) and the Poyser species monograph. And finally, in the absence of oriole pics from this trip, I offer you the following image, a record shot but an amazing feat in the circumstances - taken by 'digibinning' a fly-over bird at Stoke Newington Reservoir in London on 12 May 2006. All credit to photographer Mark Pearson, to whom I'm also grateful for the tip-off - it's still the only Golden Oriole I've seen in London.
|A Golden Oriole shares the skies over Inner London with a passenger jet. This remarkable photo|
was taken by 'digibinning', a difficult skill. © Mark Pearson (http://northernrustic.blogspot.com)