Monday, 20 June 2011
Not the best day!
Sunday is best forgotten! I got out of bed on the wrong side. I forgot my binoculars. I got to the reservoir and it was crowded with people and boats at 06.10h. I caught a brief glimpse of one River Lapwing taking flight. I decided to head to the main Small Pratincole site and set up the hide. I was awaiting the arrival of the birds, maybe some small button quails and rain quails would put in an appearance, when my camera announced its battery was exhausted. I reloaded a spare which also turned out to be exhausted, and two others likewise. I decided the best thing to do was to go home and back to bed! At which point a beautiful cinnamon bittern landed about 100 yards away in marshes. I managed to get to about 30 yards but without binoculars I couldn't even get a decent view of the bird and as I tried to manoeuvre my hand held telescope, the bittern flew off! Such is life. I decided to take it easy for the rest of the day! So not the best birding weekend I have ever had!
Posted by Gerry Brett at 12:12:00 pm