Minsmere – 15/05/14

A birthday trip to Minsmere turned out to be a great day. Three circling Buzzards over the A12 turned out to be the only Buzzards of the day. When we arrived we went over to the Sand Martin wall, loads were flying around and trying to photograph them in full flight is when you realise that you need a more expensive lens because the Sigma 150-500mm really doesn’t focus quick enough, I could keep the Martins in frame but the lens just wasn’t fast enough, I gave up in the end. On the way to Bittern Hide I heard my first Cuckoo of the year and we noticed all the cables being laid out and hung up ready for BBC’s Springwatch When we got to Bittern hide there was a brief view of my first Hobby of the year and a distant Marsh Harrier. The rest of the day was littered with Cetti’s Warblers which were very loud when they sung right next to the path and I managed good views of one out the side window of one of the hides, it wouldn’t keep still though and I ended up with a picture that could’ve been a lot better if I was quick enough. A few year ticks other than the Hobby were 3 Little Terns, which was nice and 2 Greenshank. I also came across some Swallows and Sand Martins which were a lot easier to photograph when they perched!

I saw a Bittern on 3 occasions, twice in flight and the third time was out in the open from our second trip to Bittern Hide, the light was a bit wrong unfortunately and the pictures were a bit disappointing. I also saw a food pass between 2 Marsh Harriers which is always good to see.

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