The Twitcher Diaries: Black-winged Stilt

This is the first post in my ‘Twitcher Diaries’ series, and to start I thought I’d go local & go to Cley. This bird isn’t even a lifer (I saw one at Cley almost four years ago), and, since the only lifer I could get was in the Broads, I figured I’d go for this one. Birds were turning up all across the county; Bee-eater, Dusky Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Temminck’s Stints everywhere & a mass movement of Spotted Flycatchers. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to go to Eye Field, and instead focused my attention on Teal Hide. I arrived there & saw the Black-winged Stilt almost instantly. I remained at Teal Hide for almost the entire 1 1/2 hours I was there. However, I made a brief sojourn to Bishop’s Hide, which only succeeded in revealing that the stilt was right in front of Teal, so I ran over there to find it had walked away again! Not to be outdone, I got some distant record shots of the bird in a little inlet.

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Aside from the stilt, star performer has to go to the absolutely gorgeous male Ruff which frequented the channel in front of Teal Hide with a Greenshank.

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P1200106Other birds of interest included a confiding male Whitethroat outside Bishop’s Hide- I very rarely see these birds out in the open like this, let alone readily photographable.

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Other Interesting Sightings

Sedge Warblers were also present once again, though not in the numbers that were there a week ago; a male Reed Bunting near Daukes’s Hide posed for the cameras, a solitary Reed Warbler was heard calling from the same area & several House Martins were circling over the houses opposite the ‘triangle’.

Luke Nash, 7th May 2016

 

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