Tuesday, 16 August 2022

A Purple Patch.

 A bit of a purple patch over the past ten days or so with plenty of common waders on show at Grove Ferry and Stodmarsh. Due to the ever diminishing water levels, leaving exposed muddy fringes to the various pools, these waders have been in close proximity to the hides giving some nice photo opportunities. I suppose by the title, "A purple patch" I am making reference to the two juvenile Purple Herons that have chosen to call the reserve home for the past two weeks and are still present with both being reported early this morning (14th) between the Marsh hide and Grove Ferry. I have seen both birds together, from the viewing ramp at Grove but too far out for photos. My luck with one of the birds changed when sitting in the Feast hide and a bird alighted from the reed bed in front of the hide and flying around the side of the hide back in the direction of the viewing ramp.

As mentioned above, there has been a good selection of waders on the pools and with plenty of mud to feed on, sometimes they would be well within reach of my camera, especially from the Feast hide on the Grove ferry end of the reserve.

Little Ringed Plover (juvenile)

Wood Sandpiper


Common Snipe

Black-tailed Godwit

Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

It was not just waders that offered up photo opportunities during my visits. A Turtle Dove singing from a tree top along the entrance track at the Grove Ferry end of the reserve.

Marsh Harrier (juvenile)



Little Grebe


All in all, not a bad week on the local patch with a nice variety of waders returning and the two Purple Heron's a welcomed bonus.

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