Thursday, 21 January 2010

BITTERNS showing well at Amwell this evening

Just back from Amwell. Saw 2 BITTERNS simultaneously - both showing in separate reed cuts opposite the view point. As I observed one bird in the closest ride to the new hide and continue towards the hide, I decided to go and check it out.

Firstly there was a Water Rail out in the open and then I located the BITTERN hidden right in the reeds. It finally moved across in front where I watched it catch at least 5 fish (some quite large). This area it is obviously a popular fishing spot and a potential roost-site through the reeds I could see were all pushed down and the bird continued fishing until almost pitch dark (Luke Massey)

Nearby, the male RUFF was still present at King's Meads

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