Monday, 29 June 2015

On a Whim

Saturday June 27

On Thursday, I received a mail from Carl stating that there were 2 places available on the 'Supper and Nightjars'  trip. We normally go to Dersingham Bog for Nightjars, combining it with a two night stay in the Hunstanton area and a trip to Welney. We no longer go to Kelling Heath, too many people and restricted viewing. We haven't done either this year, so I signed up.

After a pleasant meal at Falcon Cottage, meeting Ian, the only other participant, Carl drove us to Holt Country Park. We arrived at the viewing point just before 9 p.m., when it was still good daylight. What a surprise to hear a churring Nightjar immeciately on arrival. Despite careful searching in the nearby trees, there was no bird to be seen. The suspicion that an intrusive Wood Pigeon had driven the bird away was confirmed by further 'song' further away. 

We stood for an hour looking over a valley and clearing, hearing at least three Nightjars. I saw one fly through in the dark, two were seen in silhouette above the trees. Better views were had of 4-5 Woodcock flying overhead, two together against a pink, cream, and fading blue sky was the highlight. I've never seen two birds flying together before. Carl managed some photographs, I didn't even carry my camera - and didn't regret it either.

Ambling back in the dark, we heard two Tawny Owls, one responding very well to Carl's excellent mimicry. A most enjoyable and productive evening. 

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