6th October 2013 - London Wetland Centre and Capel Fleet

We headed to the Wetland Centre to try and find a Jack Snipe.  There weren't any around, but there were plenty of Snipe showing well, a random Red-crested Pochard and a sun-bathing terrapin (uh oh!).  Plenty of Parkeet were around as usual and a Chiffchaff was hanging about. A couple of Little Grebe with little fluffy bottoms were there and a Pintail was hiding well.  

Freaky terrapin

Greylag Goose

Teal and Snipe

Lovely Spider

Then we went off to see the Lesser Grey Shrike that had been sighted the night before (actually when we were very close but too close to dusk!).  We saw it as soon as we got to the right place and spent a great time watching it flying from bush to bush.  It was an excellent weekend for Shrike!  We also had a brief stop at the raptor viewpoint along from the Shrike and met some lovely birders.  Unfortuantely didn't see any Merlin or S.E/L.E Owl but we will definitely be heading back there soon!

Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Found this little guy.  Is he a coach horse beetle?

Trip list: 30
Year list: 192
Lifers of year list: 27


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