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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Black Stork - Weedon, Northants



A report of a Black Stork near Weedon, Northants (Lifer), had me walking the infant River Nene first thing this morning, in an almost comatose state due to no sleep in the last 24hrs. A couple of birders informed me that they had accidently "flushed" the bird when they walked along the path and it had flown east. An hour spent searching soon had the Stork in the bag as a distant flight shot, soon to be mobbed by Corvids and disappear further east. A long search with many others proved fruitless, so I decided to scan the valley from an elevated position. Birders were spreading out over the search area and it was not long before the Stork was re-located on private land near Flore. The landowner granted limited access for a small number and I am very appreciative of a phone call from Bob H informing me of this. Arriving at the access gate, I was just in time to gain access and a group of about 20 quietly approached the River Nene. The Stork was located in the river but obscured by reeds. Soon, it took flight allowing a few "grab" shots which looked good on the camera, but of course were poor record shots when on the computer! Still it was a good bird to see and the company was good! Now, where's my bed?!









10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice - they came out well then! Thanks for the message, Sam (aged 13) + David Viles

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers! I assume you were the young lad from Nottingham? Glad you got the bird. We were very lucky to get into the field - it was closed after we left with no further access.

ShySongbird said...

What a sighting, well done Kevin!!

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks, ShySongbird. It was a spectacular bird! No reports today so it may have moved on.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am the tall lady at the top of the hill when you received your call. My birding companion and I followed your car to the field and was one of the crowd present when the bird flew. A great bird and really close view too, so many thanks. Sally

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Sally, glad you were able to get there. We were lucky, the field was closed after our visit and late arrivals were not allowed in, although some followed the public footpath and had good views later in the day.I was disappointed with my images,when the bird flew close, as they were out of focus! Still, i'm quite happy with the distance shots on here. Nice to meet you.

Anonymous said...

same spotted over kislingbury at 5:44 on Sunday 22 may
Rob

Kevin Groocock said...

Nice to know that, Rob. Keep 'em peeled!

Anonymous said...

We saw it too in Kislingbury last May! No-one believed us that it was a black stork..... We also though we saw a cattle egret the same year in Kislingbury.......

Kevin Groocock said...

I think it would have been in the area for some time, seeking out the quiet areas! I would love to see a Cattle Egret as it would be a lifer for me!