Frampton Marsh – 12 Feb 2016

Another visit to Frampton Marsh – this time I was accompanied by Helen. It was a much calmer day than that of my previous visit. The sun was out and there was only a little breeze. It was still a bit cold though, so we were wrapped up warmly.


On arrival at the Visitors’ Centre, a beautiful male Yellowhammer greeted us from the feeders. That made a welcome start to the visit and marked the first Yellowhammer we’d seen at Frampton; and it was a beauty!

It was the Scaup that I’d seen on my previous visit that I hoped to see again today; preferably much closer too. However, despite there being a plethora of Pochard, Tufted Duck etc showing well from the Reedbed Hide, I couldn’t spot the Scaup at all today. A fabulous male Goldeneye was feeding along the reeds just in front of the hide, however, so that provided some great photo opportunities.


From the 360 hide the skylarks were foraging on the ground just outside the hide again, and a beautiful Lapwing was standing sentinel, but not much else was in evidence from there today.

A walk along the seawall and round past East Hide provided all our other sightings of the day. As usual for this time of year, there were hundreds upon hundreds of Brent Geese both on the ground and flying low overhead. It’s great fun trying to capture sharp images of those in flight!

As the light began to fall we made our way back towards the car and took a few final photos of a Little Egret and some more Brent Geese.

About Alan Gordon

I am a retired teacher and former RAF Musician. I live near Sheffield and enjoy taking photographs of wild birds throughout the UK.
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