Monday, December 17, 2012

Queen Mother's Buff-bellied Pipit

Sunday 16 December 2012

This mega was a first for the London recording area and Sunday was the first day I could manage across to see it after it was found mid-week. After an hour on the train to Sunnymeads and a two mile walk to Queen Mother Reservoir, a large crowd huddled on the bank indicated the location of the pipit, obliviously feeding just feet away. As soon as I stripped down to a t-shirt (surprisingly mild for mid-December) and got the gear set up the bird flew up strongly and disappeared out of view to the south. It was soon relocated again near the pier, restlessly feeding along the water's edge, on the mossy shoreline, and at times almost out of view as it got right under the lip of the dam wall.

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens), Queen Mother Reservoir, Berkshire


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