My local nature reserve, Gt Leighs, Essex 14-4-13

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My local nature reserve, Gt Leighs, Essex 14-4-13

Postby Sickbag_andy » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:04 pm

I spent part of this morning at a nearby Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve (Phyllis Currie at Great Leighs), didn’t see as much as I had hoped but one or two surprises although I was unable to get photos of everything.

There was a pair of these little grebes around and very close at times- quite entertaining
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There were about a dozen tufted ducks on the lake
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The tufted ducks mingled with a pair of gadwall at the far end of the lake
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The drake started exploring later on
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A pair of coots were building a nest in the reeds but this one went for a ttrip round the lake for a break from nest building
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This heron flew over, thought about landing and decided not to (maybe he saw me outside the hide for a fe moments)
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This (I think ) is a chiffchaff but if anyone can confirm I would appreciate it, it has quite a bit of yellow under it’s wings which makes me a bit unsure
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A pair of blue tits spent the morning going in and out of this nest box
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This was an unusual sight, a toad swimming across the lake
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As well as these I saw my first 3 swallows of the year (looking at the bird forums they are turning up everywhere at the moment), a male sparrowhawk which dived down onto something I couldn’t see and didn’t re-appear so I guess it was having lunch, a red kite (there are almost daily reports of them in Essex now and one only a mile from here last week but still very nice to see), a green woodpecker (heard others calling as well as a great spotted) chaffinches, blackbirds, a very vocal song thrush and several long tailed tits. There were other birds singing well but I couldn’t see them.
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Re: My local nature reserve, Gt Leighs, Essex 14-4-13

Postby Aceyone » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:43 am

Very nice set of pics,not sure what warbler that is ! just curious what set up do you use ?
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Re: My local nature reserve, Gt Leighs, Essex 14-4-13

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:41 pm

That's the problem with Warblers, they all look so bloody similar ~x( :))
My first instinct (before I read chiffchaff) was Willow warbler, then I read chiffchaff and now I'm not sure myself =))


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Re: My local nature reserve, Gt Leighs, Essex 14-4-13

Postby Sickbag_andy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:14 pm

I've been told by others with better knowledge than me that it IS a chiffchaff.

I was using my Canon EOS 600D with my EF 100-400 zoom. (I've also got an older 1000D which I keep the 18-55 lens on, since getting dust on my sensor last year I've avoided changing lenses in the field, so far I'be been okay - touch wood!
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