Monday, May 21, 2007

Cyder 1, Nightjars 0

We spent this weekend in Suffolk, based on a notion that we'd go looking for Nightjars so it would be nice to stay overnight somewhere.

It was our first camping trip of 2007 (something we do occasionally) and we stayed in a field in Eastbridge, a stone's throw away from Minsmere. The Eel's Foot in Eastbridge serves Aspall's, the best cider in the world, and after we realised that going Nightjarring would compromise our cider-drinking, we decided the 'jars could wait til later...

Swallow

The Black-headed Gull colony provided [noisy] entertainment






Green Hairstreak



Assorted damselflies which I haven't really thought about yet

drake Shoveler

Four-spotted Chaser


Male Stonechat

Female Stonechat

Possibly the highlight was adding Bittern to my Tent List (birds seen or heard while I'm in the tent). This was accomplished at 6am on Sunday morning when we heard at least two 'booming' from the Minsmere reedbeds.

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, some with Extender EF 1.4x II