Friday, 18 May 2012

The one that got away!

Spurred on by news of a Woodchat found up the coast at Keyhaven, I changed my plans for Sunday morning and headed to Calshot. The marsh always looks a good bet for migrants, but was pretty quiet with only Reed and Sedge Warblers about. Headed round the castle to scan the sea but this was no better. Ringed plover and Rock Pipit were all I could add here. So, took a few photos then decided to try my luck with the sky.

Headed to a fairly small embankment which, despite it's low altitude had a superb view of Calshot, Fawley power station, and New Forest. I could even see the Spinnacker Tower in the far distance. This looks like a superb place to witness Vis-mig, and in the hot sun, I managed a small trickle of Hirundines, plus Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine and several Buzzards. The one that got away was a possible Honey Buzzard over the coast.. Just too far to make any plumage out, though the structure looked very promising.
Photos below of Sedge Warbler and Ringed Plover

Sedge Warbler, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012 Ringed Plover, Calshot, May 2012