A week away after the intensive studio work on illustration and web related activities. Revitalising sea air and intensive observation of nature feeling like a tonic.
Highlights of the trip were the number of baby birds. Lots of baby avocets with their very aggressive parents seeing off any other bird that came near. Baby redshanks were a first for me, very pretty chicks. The noise of calling waders echoing in the brain just as the geese did the same after our winter visit to Norfolk.
The reed birds were really active. Reed warblers and buntings, sedge and cetti’s seen well but not for so long. The bearded tits were showing well but I didn’t feel like I really got to grips with them… needed a prolonged watching session which we never got. They seemed to be mainly collecting food down at the bases of the reeds. Some sort of black flies primarily. Then whizzing off with the beakful and plunging to their nests.