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Ducks and other birds at Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve

A few weeks ago I booked a ticket for a concert by Ross & Ali in Emsworth in the south of Hampshire. That’s about an hour and 15 minutes drive from where I live in West Berkshire. As the concert took place on a Saturday I thought I should combine the long drive with something else. And decided it was time for another visit (there third if I counted correctly) of Titchfield Haven nature reserve.

A variety of birds was around, in particular quite a few ducks. Some of the pictures I took in this gallery:

Unfortunately didn’t see a Kingfisher this time, hope to see one again next time. A lot of the waders kept quite a distance, not sure if that was seasonal or just coincidence. The Marsh Harriers did’t come as close as I had hoped, but were still nice to watch in the distance. Quite a few Magpies around, hopping in the marsh outside one of the hides. Also saw a Fox brazenly making its way through the reserve, I think at one point it made a half-hearted attempt to get a bird (either a Goose or a Cormorant, can’t remember), but wasn’t successful. Unfortunately didn’t manage to get any decent pictures of it, at the time I was more focused on watching it through my binoculars (it was quite far away and better to see through the binoculars).

Before leaving for Emsworth for the concert I had a nice meal at The Osborne View (of course a burger). It being March it was too cold to sit outside, but I managed to get a table with a nice view over the Solent. I hope I can sit outside again for one of my next visits.

Big tree, cattle, butterfly

It was a very nice sunny spring day in West Berkshire today, so I went for another walk in the countryside near the village. I had hoped I might still be able to see some Bluebells, but couldn’t really find any. Didn’t see anything spectacular, so here are three fairly mundane pictures of a big tree, some cattle in the sunshine and a butterfly on a leaf:

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I hope you had a nice weekend as well, hopefully spring and soon summer continue to be nice.

Jay in a tree at Titchfield Haven

Time for the third set of pictures from my second visit to Titchfield Haven nature reserve. After the Kestrel and the Avocet this time I’ve got a Jay sitting in a tree just off the reserve:

As usual, click on the pictures for the larger version.

Avocet in shallow water at Titchfield Haven

As promised yesterday in the post about the Kestrel I spotted at Titchfield Haven nature reserve here are some more pictures of another bird I watched. This time it’s an Avocet, spotted from the Pumfreet Hide feeding in the shallow waters of the South Scrape:

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Interesting fact: The Avocet is the RSPB’s emblem. There are about 1,500 breeding pairs in the UK, some at Titchfield Haven.

Kestrel at Titchfield Haven

Another year, another sunny bank holiday weekend Sunday, another visit to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. Of course I took a lot of pictures, some of which I’m going to share over a few posts. To start here’s a Kestrel I managed to capture on picture while it was hunting (I think it managed to catch something, unfortunately I didn’t get that part on picture):

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More to come of other birds (and may be the area) over the coming days (or may be weeks).