Wednesday, 9 August 2017

2nd Half of July

19th/20th July

Two days away with the lads to photograph ospreys at Gwash Trout Farm, close to Rutland Water proved to be a bit of a disappointment as after beautiful weather we encountered dull cloud and drizzle on our time away.  We had booked for two evening sessions, 4.00-9.00pm., the four of us sitting in the hide overlooking a small trout pool where on the first night we had one visit from an osprey. We had just one opportunity when it dived and missed its target and the poor light didn't help either.  The second evening had better light but unfortunately no ospreys.  During the second day we traveled around the 'reservoir' visiting a few of the hides and dodging the 'mizzle'.  We did see a pair of ospreys with two fully grown young from the aptly named 'Osprey Hide' on the south side of the 'reservoir' and a wood sandpiper. We arrived home late that night after having a one hour wait at the Dartford Crossing bridge where all the four lanes were suddenly reduced to one, but not a soul to be seen working on the bridge, just two vans!

24th +

I had a couple of visits to Oare seeing the Bonaparte's gull, turtle dove,ruff, golden plovers, 3 curlew sandpipers but no in depth visits to Seasalter.  

August is shaping up badly with the two twin 6 year olds to entertain during the holidays and to top that the other half fell over at Samphire Hoe on the 2nd and broke or rather smashed her wrist which is now in plaster and out of action for several weeks!!! 

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