Carrying on from my last post from the Avalon Marshes – Avalon Marshes Sept 18 Part 1 we spent the next two nights at Edington which bought back memories of a trip we did in the winter. I went out on a freezing cold morning and to cut a long story short slipped into a very cold rhyne up to my chest as I went to get over a stile on an official footpath. Kim my dog was fine my camera was fine but I emerged with difficulty, very muddy and smelly, the campsite had limited facilities so all my clothes went into a bag and I scrubbed down with wipes in a freezing cold awning!

I did walk to Catcott reserve this time early in the morning but avoided the dreaded footpath which looked very grown in at this time of year. There was a slight mist and as the sun came up a beautiful dawn and I could just see Glastonbury Tor if a little distant.

Dawn near Catcott
Dawn near Catcott

We spent some time both at Catcott and Ham Wall for the next couple of days an evening and early morning at Catcott hoping to see the Cattle Egrets that had been spotted there. We were sort of lucky as we saw around forty but they were very distant, a bird watcher with a scope confirmed the identification.

Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets

While we were waiting hoping for the Cattle Egrets in the sunny evening to move closer (which they didn’t!) we were watching many Dragonflies flying around.

Ruddy Darter Dragonfly
Ruddy Darter Dragonfly
Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Possibly!)
Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Possibly!)
Dragonfly
? Dragonfly
Dragonfly
? Dragonfly

In the morning hoping the Cattle Egrets were closer (which they weren’t once again!) we were witness to a dramatic event, although I’m sure it must happen all the time. There was a pair of Swans on the water with five Cygnets and two adults flew in and landed on the lake. Dad and Mum went on the defensive and a major tussle ensued with the two males really fighting I thought one of them was going to drown the other but he managed to escape and they continued their battle on the bank one Swan pinned the other down until it went completely still I thought it was dead, quite upsetting seeing as there were the Cygnets still relying on the parents. The two females were chasing each other around the marsh. Anyway after a while the male on the ground got up and shook itself off I must admit I had seen enough and hoped that the outcome was not as bad as it looked.  

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We spent another couple of hours at Ham Wall before making our way back to Dorset, the Iberian Frogs were in the ponds by the Visitor centre, they of course are not native to this country but they are happy for them to be there as they have no environmental impact except food for the Egrets, Herons etc. 

Iberian Frog
Iberian Frog
Iberian Frog
Iberian Frog

There was still plenty of wildlife to see before we left we had a great couple of days and the weather was very kind to us.

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

3 thoughts on “Avalon Marshes Sept 18 Part 2

  1. Unidentified dragonfly is a female Common Darter.

    Have only seen a handful of Cattle Egrets in the UK, so must have been so great to see so many in this country. Have seen big numbers abroad. Shame they weren’t closer for you!

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