Tuesday, 9 July 2013

RSPB Frampton Marshes & RAF Waddington Airshow

Well the best laid plans and all that.........

The plan was to get to our digs in Swineshead about 1ish, have a cuppa and head out to Frampton for the afternoon. All was going really well, traffic had been brilliant made really good time, we were about 30 minutes from Swineshead and were seeing signs for the Airshow (it was on Saturday & Sunday we had pre-booked for Sunday), one said FULL, ticket holders only. That made me think about our tickets, I had left them at home!!!!!!! Weighed up the cost of new tickets v Fuel and turned around and went back again! So finally arrived at Frampton at about 5:30!

So just had time for a walk around plus a couple of stops in the hides.
There were plenty of Black Tailed Godwits about, none that close for decent photos though:
Some Sand Martins perched:

There were quite a few Avocet,

Shelduck, Lapwings, Black Headed Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Mute Swans, Canada & Greylag Geese and Redshank, Plus some Oystercatchers, Teal and Gadwall.

A Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting gave me a couple of decent shots:

The we came across this little chappie, a Juvenile Sedge Warbler I think:

We headed back to the car, very tired after an extra 170 miles driving! As we approached the visitor centre (closed by this time of course) we heard some children running around shouting and bawling as we got closer we saw that they had gone, with their idiot father, over the fences onto the reserve! So any chance of seeing anything there before we left went for a burton!  I'm afraid I was somewhat annoyed and let fly at them with both barrels (verbally of course!) They left pretty sharpish!

We stayed for a few minutes in case anything came back, a couple of Lapwing chicks put in an appearance, just before we headed off:

So as this is a birding blog I won't actually put loads of Aircraft photos up of the Airshow, just the one will do as a taster:

but if you are interested they can be found here: Waddington Airshow 2013

Actually we did see Buzzard, Kestrel, Swifts and Skylark at the Airshow.

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