After our weekend away in Norfolk, I decided to take Minnie for a walk round Cossington Meadows this morning. Unusually we took the Riverside path first, I normally work it the other way round but after chatting with The Leicester Llama the other day, I fancied Night Heron in the trees on the island. Sadly there was no Heron but a movement ahead of me made me put my bins up. A female Otter slunk into the Reedbed surrounding the Moor Pool. Thankfully, Minnie was sniffing something else out and didn’t react. A reserve first for me.
I also took a few photos on the iPhone using Hipstamatic. All photos are using the Libatique 73 lens and Pistil film. A combination I discovered by chance on Saturday. I like the washed out colours. Perfect for an overcast/showery morning.
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Out to Rutland Water this morning to try and add Bearded Tit to my County list. Allen Pocock was already in Shoveler Hide when I arrived and had had good views of a female bird. After a bit of calling I glimpsed the arse end of a bird that could only have been a Bearded Tit but what crap views they were. The other Groby Boys arrived along with Matthew Berriman and we sat in ready for a long session. After a good while we were rewarded with some brief flight views and treated to views of an Otter (well I saw a brown smudge as my eyepiece steamed up) before the Beardies finally gave themselves up.
Sorry about the quality of these videos, focusing on a small bird at 40x mag in reeds isn’t easy!
Andy Mackay informed us that a Water Pipit and Rock Pipit were showing by the Dam, sadly these had bugger off before I got there. Eight Whooper Swan flying east were nice though… thanks Andy for banging on my window – I was away with the fairies I think!