Tuesday 28 September 2010

Hyde Park White-winged Black Tern

Sorry about the catchy title.... I had half considered going to see the White-winged Black Tern yesterday, but as it wasn't even a London year tick, I instead went to Rainham where I saw a Squirrel on the sea wall and regretted my choice of birding location. When it came up again today I decided to brave the Central Line - which was everything I remembered it to be, none of it good - and have a go. The bird showed exceptionally well, and I had it largely to myself for several hours, during which I managed a few photos in dire light. Inevitably I had to field about a million questions about my camera from tourists, so in the end packed it away and just enjoyed watching the bird. On one occasion it flew past about eight feet away, making my bins somewhat redundant. I've only ever seen four, all of them in London for some reason, but these were easily the best views I have had. Whilst it's great to see a vagrant bird at all, seeing one really well is fantastic.

Eventually hunger drew me away, but it was an excellent way to spend a morning. Hope I didn't miss anything on Wanstead Flats, which is where I am headed right now. I fancy a Ring Ouzel or a Yellow-Browed Warbler, but I expect my chances of either this late in the day are fairly minimal. I can but try though.

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