Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A Real Twitch!

With the strong westerlies currently hammering the UK you always get the feeling from a birding perspective that something unusual might just drop in. When I arrived at Brandon Marsh this morning to take a guided walk of the reserve along with Keith Foster, who knew that our guests were in for such a treat.

Fulvous Whistling Duck (E) - Taken the previous week!
Having stopped off at the Teal Hide for views of the escaped Fulvous Whistling Duck we amazingly (I blame the other Keith) bypassed the East Marsh Hide and headed straight for the Ted Jury Hide!

Grey Phalarope - A real stunner to behold!!
Thankfully Adrian, Derek and Alan Boddington from the Brandon Team were close behind and did thankfully drop in, and in fact dropped onto a stunning summer plumage Grey Phalarope! Needless to say it wasn't long before I abandoned, sorry I accompanied the guests back to the East Marsh Hide, thanks to Adrian's phone call. Thanks must also go to Alan, who I'm sure Adrian and Derek will agree 'saw it first', well done those boys. From here on Alan and I set the social media world in motion and by the time I left the hide at 3:45 there was standing room only, Lee Evans and all!

Grey Phalarope - Another record shot and I'm certain better photo's will soon be available!
The rest as they say is history but you know the strangest thing is that our non birding guests spoke more about the duck and couldn't understand what all the fuss was about! Oh yes and Keith #2 is forgiven!!