Couln't believe my luck on Saturday night, not only did I get to see two Nightjars, I also got to photograph one! After an amazing day on Thursley Common and then a torential down pour, I headed out to Ash Ranges to see if I could hear this nocturnal specialty. I was less than optomistic as this was my first opportunity to check after much of the heath (30 ha) had been destroyed in the spring arson. Fortunately the Nightjar are still there and churring up a storm on a different part of the range.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .