North East Lincs was as dreary as only this county can be on a cold, wet December day, so the Ness Hide at Far Ings seemed as good a place as any to sit out a few hours.
Totally Rain Dogs.
The reedbeds held Bearded Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Buntings and Water Rails, largely calls only in the gloom, and Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Cormorant and Mute Swan were on the water.
Bullfinch and spadgers were in the hawthorns behind and the whole place was stowed out with Blackbirds.
Plenty of fish in the lagoon though with Cormorant grabbing a Pike and even Moorhen snarfing down a smaller, unidentifiable species.
It still took an hour or so for one of the site’s reliable Bitterns to wander out of the reeds mind, and it was wary, only staying in the cleared roads between the patches of reeds for a few minutes before it melted away again.
Too gloomy to get sharp shots of it – will post some video at a later date.
There we go…out of the Google security black hole – a few seconds of carpet bag vid on YouTube here.
Hard to use that sensitive bill in the shallows when it’s raining I guess.
Ah decisions, decisions – did I stay for another few hours testing out the heat-retaining qualities of my new super deluxe welly socks to the limit and practise with a new phone adapter on the ‘scope (still perfecting that one)?
Or should I head back to the warmth indoors to trial the brilliant robotic red T-Rex (with fully operational rocket launcher) that Father Christmas brought me?
No contest – small things for small minds.
Now, where are those AAA batteries?????