Monday, 23 January 2017

A Water Rail moment!

I checked out Chelmarsh  to see if the Common Scoter had stopped over for another day but as expected, it had flown overnight. The six Tundra Bean Geese were still at Cranmere Bog (seen flying out from the pool), plus the Egyptian Goose but no new additions there - any day now though - Pink foots or White-fronts?



The January challenge was kept on course with a couple more Shropshire year-birds. Grey Wagtail on the Severn at Bridgnorth...



and providing the image highlight of the day - a very obliging Water Rail!! At least it was for about 10 seconds! With just one small area of open water, it obligingly 'froze' whilst another one was squealing, right in the middle of the sweet spot :-)


A momentary stand to attention...


Then completely relaxed...




Just 10m away, I could certainly achieve some generous crops!





The Shropshire list moves on to 93, with just over a week to go! And I'm gonna be busy with talks for some of it...

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