Sunday, 10 June 2012

In brief

One of four Hobbies hawking dragonflies together at Rainham Marshes in late May.

Spring in London eventually came good, with a liberal sprinkling of rarities and scarce migrants at times when passage was evident across the capital, but it ended very abruptly in the first week of June. Speaking purely selfishly, this was just as well as I've had little opportunity to get out in the field recently, meaning this blog hasn't been pulling its virtual weight. Between working on the July issue of Birdwatch and visits to Norfolk and Scotland (the latter for the Scottish Birdfair), I have at least managed to grab a few pics on the run, so here's a few shots from the field. Note the absence of a Marsh Warbler image from Rainham Marshes - despite hearing the singing male which lingered for a few days at the beginning of June, it failed to show at all during the cool, windy couple of hours I spent there last Saturday morning. I hope the birders who trampled the vegetation it was frequenting to try and get a view the following day also dipped :-)

Above: Yellow Wagtail at Torness, East Lothian, and Brown Hare at Kelling, Norfolk.

Meantime, upcoming commitments include a short overseas trip this week, so it may be a while before the next post - more soon I hope.

Below: Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannets and a frisky pair of Avocets, all at Kelling, Norfolk.

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