21 Jul 2013 At THe Eyes

21st July 2013
I paid an overdue visit to "The Eyes" this morning, hoping to see some Black-necked Grebes and give my new camera a good try out.

When I reached the first viewing hide I was quite surprised to see how low the level of water actually was. There were a few birds on the almost dry pool, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck with chicks, Gadwall and Coot.


Tufted Duck

After that I went to the John Morgan Hide and spent the rest of the time in there.

There were plenty of birds around but I didn't see much in the way of Black-necked Grebes.

Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck with chicks, Gadwall, Shelduck, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, and Cormorant.


Tufted Duck with an unusually large brood of 15 chicks


Shelduck


Moorhen on the run


Lapwing


Magpie

The highlight of the day was a Common Sandpiper on the scrape.


Common Sandpiper


Common Sandpiper


Common Whitethroat

So the new camera had a reasonable work out and I'm quite pleased with the results.

Thanks for reading.

Andy

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