A rare sight these days since the DEFRA cull. They almost wiped them out but there are still a few left, this one was at Wilstone Reservoir today.
Coming back from an unsuccessful trip to Pitsford Reservoir for a Corys Shearwater we stopped off at the impressive Cardington Hangars to see Airlander 10 the worlds biggest airliner. It is 92 metres long and weighs 20 tonnes. A few days later it broke free from its mooring and crashed into a field injuring two people. Cardington hangars are massive and can be seen from some distance when driving on the A421 near Bedford.
A good result that kept us top of League 2.
Having had to bring our departure from Scilly forward by a day, due to the impending arrival of “Storm Brian”, I was hoping to see the Rock Thrush that has been at Blorenge in Wales for the last couple of weeks on the journey home. The weather was not looking good and one of the Severn crossings was already closed as we approached Wales. When we arrived at the site the weather was truly atrocious and I was not sure we would see the bird. There were about 5 other birders on site and we were lucky as the Rock Thrush suddenly appeared in front of us, within a couple of minutes of arriving at its favourite quarry. It was on view for about 2 minutes before flying back towards the quarry wall and disappearing underneath a rock. I managed to fire off a few photos of the bird which was looking a bit on the wet side.
This photo taken by my brother gives an idea of the conditions at the time.
Day 4 – Scilly Pelagic.
Sightings:- 2 sooty Shearwater, Arctic skua, 6+ Bonxie, Puffin, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter,2 Pale-bellied Brent geese and Portuguese Man O’ War.
Great Northern Diver
Portuguese Man O’ War
Day 3 – Spent the day walking around St Mary’s.
Pale-bellied Brent geese