I will leave the chaps and wench (showing my Black Country roots there!) from Springwatch on the Beeb to give you the detail, but I have to say it is possibly the best reserve for diversity (not the dance group) that we have ever been to. Although when we booked our week we didn't realise it was the week before Springwatch, just glad it wasn't the actual week. The production team were there though laying cable and filming snippets for the programme I'm glad to say that they didn't detract from the experience, apart from one occasion, when we in the woods (Canopy Hide) and the noise from the production crew and an over excited Martin Hughes-Games made us realise we weren't going to see much from there!
As we headed back, we were walking alongside one of the production crew and mentioned the noise, he admitted that he keeps telling them to keep the noise down to no avail and anyway he said I'm the one who knows about wildlife, they are just paid to talk about it! That made us laugh.
Anyway on to the Wildlife, much more important...............................
I won't go over this day by day, but cover the highlights:
So I have to start off with the main reason for going to Minsmere, Bearded Tits, we have tried on many occasions at other reserves to connect with this little *******! So we thought Minsmere was our best bet and we did on every visit, of course when they are hopping about the reeds they are not easy to get a photo of but I tried my best, here are some attempts:
So add 1 to our list of species.
Another target was to get some good Bittern sightings in the UK, we realised that nothing would compare to the close up views we had in Lesvos, but we didn't do to badly:
Another great sighting for us were the Hobbys. We had seen them before but usually a quick view as they fly past and are gone, here there were loads and we saw them regularly and were even lucky to get one posing in a tree not too far from the hide we were in:
Another first was watching a Great-crested Grebe weed dance from the Island Mere Hide a real treat, shame they were a distance away:
Of course there was plenty of other birds about;