Saturday I spent most of the day doing D I Y stuff and running round shops for various items and in the late afternoon and all evening spent my time in the Poole A&E department with my wife.
Getting late home from the hospital Saturday night I slept well and was up late on Sunday morning not expecting to do much, expect for doing a large water change on my 4 foot fish tank I was having a lazy morning. That was until I had a Tweet from Darran Jones ( Thanks Darran) a rival ;) birder/competitor of the Patch Work Challenge were we both have a go at seeing as many birds we can at Longham Lake Darren is catching me up slowly but I do have the advantage of being able to get to the site more often and have a scope, though Darran does take some very nice picture and the are a lot better than my efforts.
So when I read is tweet I dropped everything and said to the wife I am going to Longham I have just got to go! As there are certain birds I would like to see at Longham and read 3 Black Terns resting on a buoy on South Lake that was it I was off like shot.
I quickly arrived at the lake and scanned from the slipway and found one of the Terns flying around, see Darran and other birds on the west side of the lake I hastily made my way to them were I had very good views of the Terns resting and hawking over the lake, a few record shots were taken so I made my way along the causeway were I saw the long staying Bonaparte's Gull again on North Lake getting harassed by the Black-head Gull.
|Black Tern showing a black head and smokey grey upper parts|
|Black Tern- black under parts contrasting with the smokey grey under wing|