- cloud 3/3 shade 1-2/3 without any rain (until later in the afternoon when the level of rain approached 2-3/3)
- wind 1/3
- temp. 1/3
On arriving, around 10:45am we headed north through the reserve passing through the area holding captive bred birds from around the globe. Amongst them were the occasional Moorhen and Mallard mingled with the more exotic wildfowl species. Our first stop to indulge in some proper birding was at the Headley Hide were several water birds were present including Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and Cormorants. Nothing much was of exciting news but it was a rather novice experience trying to get my dad and Alfons involved and interested. Better birds ensued when we returned and took the path east towards the Peacock Tower were I found 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (1juv. or 1st win, 1 3rd win.) on the shingle island north of the Dulverton Hide overlooking the main lake.
1 of 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, the juv. or 1st win. later took a bite out of the backside of a Lapwing in flight, ending up with a mouth full of feathers.
the 3rd win. arrived next