Our first visit was to Topsham Recreation Ground. It wasn't productive, to be honest, with the highlight being an immature Sparrowhawk that was hunting low by the side of the reed bed. My Granny was sat on a bench for half an hour and still didn't manage to find anything more appealing than a Cormorant, but you should always appreciate birds, they are amazing! I sat with her for a further 10 minutes and talked about where we should go next! The fantastic Black Hole Marsh Reserve near Seaton!
A few days before this my Granny had been there with the local U3A group in search of some waders. My granny had phoned me up making me jealous with great views of Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers. I had to see the Wood Sandpiper an elusive bird that always left at the wrong time. So I was a man on a mission and as soon as I stepped foot into the Island Hide my binoculars were zoned onto a summer plumage Knot! I started shouting "It's a Ruff or a Knot I'm sure of it!" I still have no idea where Ruff came from, I was just too excited! Even though the bird kept walking out of view behind an island I managed to snap this shot...
|I'm happy with this shot!|
|Not happy with the post though...|
|The "pair" together.|
|Look at me!!!|
|Any ideas, contact me if so!|
|Quite a grumpy one!|
|Picture shows the distance, shocking!|