It looks as if Spring could be in the air. We have had a few days of brighter and above all, drier weather and the sap is beginning to rise. I took a quick visit to the reserve at Elmlea on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary, hoping to catch a Short-eared Owl.
Male Northern Lapwings were rolling and squeaking in their courtship displays. A male Reed Bunting was splendid in his seasonal best and stood out, proud in the phragmites, hoping to impress the ladies.
A big thank you goes out to my birdy buddy Martin who has lent me his camera while mine is at the menders. If I hadn’t had to take it for a quick test, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the Short-eared Owl hunting over the marsh.
Thanks Martin, I will get the camera back to you as soon as I can.