Yesterday was a mixture of doing jobs and then going out birding. There were no reliable reports of any new birds to add to my year list so I decided to go to Blacktoft.
Stuart was on duty amd I volunteered to lock up at 1615.
I ate my lunch in Marshland hide. Not many birds as the water was frozen, however it soon started to thaw.
A grey heron was sheltering at the edge of the reedbed.
A redshank was at the waters edge.
There were no birds on any of the other lagoons so I decided to stay in Singleton hide and wait for the marsh harriers to come into roost. A few other birders came into the hide but they did not stay long. There was a steady stream of harriers coming into roost. Some of them flew around for a while before dropping onto the reed bed. It was quiet otherwise with no other bird activity. It remained quiet for a while then just before the light faded a few harriers started to fly around, I counted 7 birds in the air at the same time and then they joined the others in the reedbed.
The moon was now visible so I tried taking some pictures.
This was my best effort. I was thinking about leaving the hide as it was nearly 4pm and there were no other birders in the hide. I then noticed a lot of harrier activity and these are my attempts to capture it. I need to learn how to obtain better results.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs this year and I wish you akk a very happy and healthy 2018.