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Wonderful day at Dunwich Heath NT Suffolk

Dunwich beach
Early morning saw us on Dunwich beach.

A quick look at RSPB Minsmere, below Dunwich Heath, produced some great early birding. A fly past Great white Egret was the highlight but lots more birds here. A gang of Green Sandpipers were feeding in a shallow pool with Common Sandpipers and Little ringed Plovers. Marsh Harriers floated over the reedbeds where Bearded Tits "pinged" and whizzed low over the reeds.

All to soon it was time to get the Leica Birdbox set up at Dunwich Heath National Trust Nature Reserve. Dunwich Heath is a wonderful place, full of wildlife and one of our favourite places so we were really looking forward to the day.

Dunwich set up
Rob soon had the Leica Birdbox open and ready for the public.

We were blessed with another glorious summer day, sunshine and blue skies. People were soon crowding around the Leica Birdbox keen to see what this amazing display unit was all about. The free draw for a pair of Leica binoculars also proved very popular with many people taking part.

Dunwich biker
People found their way to Dunwich Heath in many ways!

Dunwich Birdbox
Two famous brands meet at Dunwich Heath, Leica and Harley Davison.

Dunwich Grayling
The heath is alive with wildlife, here a Greyling Butterfly.

Dunwich small copper
Here a Small copper Butterfly.

We also saw some great birds and particularly enjoyed great looks at Dartford Warblers on the heath, always a thrill. Marsh Harriers passed over and Green Woodpeckers called all around.

Dunwich dance 1
In the afternoon things took on a musical and dance flavour when a troop of Morris Dancers arrived.

Dunwich dance 2

Dunwich dance 3

Dunwich dance 4
It made for colourful and fun afternoon in the sunshine.

Dunwich draw
Late afternoon and it was time for the prize draw, Alison Joseph helped us.

Dunwich winners
Here are the happy winners of the Leica binoculars!

Dunwich winners 2
First look with the new Leica's.

A huge thank you to Alison, all the other staff, volunteers and visitors for making our day so much fun at Dunwich Heath National Trust Nature Reserve - we will be back!

Dunwich Marsh Harrier

Of course we could resisit doing some birding on the way home and called in at RSPB Ouse Washes reserve in Cambridgeshire. Marsh Harriers and Hobbys were hunting close to the hides. But it was a duck that we had come to see. Careful scanning soon found plenty of Garganey amongst the hundreds of Teal. Suddenly the Teal were all flying as a Marsh Harrier passed low over the pools. Ruth quickly picked out the eclipse drake Blue winged Teal amongst the flock of paniced duck, the blue forewing standing out in the sunshine. Luckily the birds soon settled again and we enjoyed great views of this subtle bird. At least 13 Garganey were found amongst the Teal here.

Dunwich sunset


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