RSPB Ham Wall

We took a friend to Somerset recently to leave Timber her dog for a couple of nights at a boarding kennels. The kennels happen to be about a mile from RSPB Ham Wall so it was a good opportunity to stop for a couple of hours to see what was about. We walked to the Avalon Hide, my favourite place to settle for a while.

On the way we saw this Swan I liked the reflection in the still waters. It turned out to be a lovely day after so many grey days, so we were very lucky.

Swan reflection
Swan reflection

From the first platform there was a Grey Heron enjoying the sunshine, there were also a few other birds in the distance including Great White Egrets.

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Then on to the Avalon hide, a bit of a trek but worth it, we could hear Cetti’s Warbler’s on the way but frustratingly they kept well in the reeds. we were also hoping to see the Bearded Tits, but not to be on the day.

Bittern
Bittern

We got to the hide and before we had chance to settle ourselves someone shouts a Bittern was up, I quickly managed to get a couple of pictures and was very lucky they were in focus!

We were also lucky to have a fly past close to the hide of a Great White Egret. Besides being much bigger than the Little Egret you can recognise the GWE by his black legs and feet, the Little Egret has black legs and yellow feet.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

We were also pleased to see a few Lapwings flying about, we don’t see them so much at home so it was nice to see a flock flying in front of Galstonbury Tor.

Lapwings
Lapwings

There was a Marsh Harrier about but he didn’t come too close.

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Shoveler Ducks
Shoveler Ducks

There was also plenty of comings and goings on the water in front of the hide a largish flock of Shoveler Ducks with their wide flat beaks some in probably disturbed by a raptor. Also some Teal on the water with the usual Coots and Swans.

Teal flying in
Teal flying in

It was all too soon time to make our way back to the car park and home, on our way a Kestrel was hunting fairly close by in the reeds. There were also some Dragonflies and Butterflies about on the lovely sunny day. We really enjoyed our little visit and as always it didn’t disappoint.

Kestrel
Kestrel
Kestrel
Kestrel

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