This Numenius arquata flew over the reedbeds of the RSPB reserve Otmoor. The reserve is very close to Oxford, just a bit more than 6km, so if you’re on holiday in Oxford and you feel energetic you can actually walk there. Otherwise you’d need a car as there is no public transport.
Yeah, I’m feeling a wee bit sentimental. We’ve left our home of three years in Bratislava, said good-bye to many a good friend (who we hope to meet again in the future), and also said bye to our favourite twitching places along the river Morava / March. And because spring had already mightily started to spring, we had some lovely sightings in the floodplain near Devinska Nova Ves like a yawning stork, circling white-tailed eagle or a hare:
We also went to the WWF nature reserve -just over the border in Austria- in Marchegg, to see more storks and other birds:
I was particularly happy to have seen the breeding herons again. On top of that, I had never knowingly seen gadwalls before, so that was a rather welcome sight too.
Of course, there was some non-avian activity. The frogs and toads were mating, and snakes were around to hunt the mating amphibians.
Yep, it’s sad to leave such places, but there’s also the fact that we take some wonderful memories with us. Plus, there’s the chance to explore something new.
This group of Aythya fuligula was a bit of a surprise find, as this pool was quite shallow. Tufties like to feed diving.
What’s in a name? In German, this species is called ‘Reiherente’ which means ‘heron duck’. Someone must have had one beer too many.