Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pallid Harrier

this bird has really tested my sanity over the last three days; a dash to Donna Nook on Tuesday revealed a Pallid Harrier shape into the murk with very few details visible but clearly a Pallid on jizz ; Wednesday the BBC weather dept cost me excellent views forecasting heavy rain all day that petered out by 13:00 -- I could have set off then but with a full day in prospect for Thursday it seemed foolish to waste the diesel and battle with half term seal watchers; so 05:00 Thursday and in position at Donna Nook at 06:30 -- cold windy and no bird by 11:30 when the rain starts -- a message that it has gone south at Gib -- expletives -- dash, can you dash on Lincs coast roads, to Gib and arrive 12:30 -- it was by then lost into the Wash -- after an hour drive round to Wainfleet for a better chance? colder and windier and then a call from John S via Kev its back at Gib and gone north-- flew past you while we were having a coffee!!!!! -do we head north up the coast or back to Gib - takes 40 minutes to get back to Gib through half term crowds and drivers going 25mph -- walk down to the Wash view point and a lady waving -- its just gone past south! watch it getting decent views as it moves quickly to Wainfleet and flies right over the spot where we were stood!!! -- more expletives then it turns and disappears over the embankment -- scanning suddenly its back over the saltmarsh and coming north -- brilliant views of all features so grab the camera it might be close enough for a pin prick shot -- dull as dull 2000 ISO and low and fast over uniform saltmarsh so pleased I managed any in focus -- stunning bird and pressure off until it settles somewhere for the winter in Lincs -- we can but hope

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