Sunday, 16 May 2010

Purple Heron!

Reported at dusk last night on North Marsh the purple heron was picked up and photographed perched by volunteer Paul Mulvana at 7:45am this morning, and regular Jeff Barker then managed to get the above shot of it in flight shortly after 9am. It was seen late morning disappearing North West presumed gone, but was again seen briefly hunting for fish (in the same spot as the bittern - spraying off the vegetation last summer seems to favour herons) at 3pm before going again. We will put the news out if it is refound tomorrow.

Otherwise those that didn't get the heron apparently had hobby virtually in the hide!. The snake walk this morning turned up a dozen grass snakes from 6" to 4 foot - pictured above in what were ideal conditions.