Having to drop Pen off in Eastbourne again today I decided once again to head for Pett Level to have another go for the Glossy Ibis. This is the 5th time I've tried since the bird turned up in November although the last 2 times the bird did not even appear. As I walked along the top path I saw the Ibis flying towards me and it then settled quite near, actually a lot closer than it has been for me before. A few quick shots before it moved further away. For the next 20 minutes it showed reasonably well, although apparently it was much closer for the 30 minutes or so just before I arrived!! With some better light on the bird it became clear why it is called a 'Glossy Ibis'.
The Glossy Ibis (or is it John Cleese).
Glossy Ibis feeding.
A good search for the White-fronted Geese had produced no sightings until a large group of Geese flying over and landing several fields away. I suspected they were the White-fronts and a photo of them proved they were indeed those with 38 birds seen.
29 of the 38 White-fronted Geese.
Nigel and myself then headed along the Pannel Valley where the main birds of interest were Marsh Harriers and several Buzzards. Heading back towards the car a Wren showed well in a bush giving me a chance to get a few shots.
Yesterday I had a look around my local patch where 5 of the Wall Brown larvae were active and I also saw my first Brimstone of the year.