Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Bittern - Brandon Marsh (At Last!)

Following a night shift from hell (again!) and a few hours sleep, I needed to get out and enjoy the uncharacteristic sunshine. I still needed to touch base with the Brandon Marsh Bittern so I headed in that direction. Arriving in the carpark, I was amazed at how full it was, finding the last space and I was off. Arriving at East Marsh Hide, it was full, so I stood at the back - a good move, as within thirty seconds, the Bittern appeared and with my elevated position, I snapped away. Once people had seen the Bittern, they started to drift away, allowing me a seat but the hide remained full to capacity. The company was good and a gentle banter passed the time until the next Bittern appearance.

(A large number of Bittern images can be seen on my website - see link opposite)


Keith said...

Nice pics Kevin, glad you made contact at last! I'd seen it mid morning and decided to have lunch on the bench in the sunshine at Horstail Glade. Sorry I missed you.
There was a conference on at Brandon hence the busy carpark :)

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Keith. I only went to East Marsh Hide as the Bittern was my quest - couldn't believe how busy the hide was, but then I am used to early morning visits! Touch base sometime?

ShySongbird said...

Well done Kevin, lovely photos, the Bittern really performed well for you! I have to admit I have never seen one but I know they can be very secretive.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers ShySongbird - my first sightings this year! Sit a while in the hide at Brandon and you should see one (or two!).

Max Silverman said...

Well done Kevin.Perseverance paid.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max.