Bee-eaters

When I heard that Bee-eaters had been seen at East Leake quarry in Notts and presumed to be breeding there, I knew I would be visiting the site as soon as possible as they are one of my favourite birds and a very colourful species. They attracted a large audience after the RSPB set up a watchpoint with parking nearby. My pictures do not really do them justice, but they were quite distant. They were mostly using one Ash tree as a base from where they would often fly out and capture bees and dragonflies. The most I saw were 5 at any one time.

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A very tame juvenile Robin

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**MEGA** Elegant Tern

On Friday evening there was news that an Elegant Tern had been seen at Sandy Point, Hayling Island. I headed for Sandy Point early the next day and waited for about 4 hours with no luck, news was then received that it had been relocated in Pagham Harbour from Church Norton. A quick drive whilst hoping there would be a space in the small carpark, in fact I got the last space. After a wait of about 20 minute’s the Elegant Tern was seen in flight over the tern island in the middle of the harbour. It was seen a few times in flight before it flew across the harbour and out to sea. No pictures of the tern but a few of the crowd and Pagham Harbour.

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Scotland 2017

The annual trip to Scotland started with 3 nights in Aviemore. We then drove to Ullapool where we stayed the night before getting the ferry to Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis. We stayed here for two nights before getting the ferry to Skye from Tarbert on Harris.

Osprey

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Golden Eagle

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Red Squirrel

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Crested Tit

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Tree Pipit

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Meadow Pipit

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Roe Deer

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Snow Bunting

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