Mega-flock of Two-barred Crossbills in Gloucestershire
|Male Two-barred Crossbill|
|What you looking at?|
|Five males together - this DSLR image gives a more accurate rendition of the colouring - smaller but more vivid red than Common Crossbill|
|Female Two-barred Crossbill|
|Long-range Great Grey Shrike|
On Friday morning I joined James and a small number of other birders at 6.30am at WWT Slimbridge for a look at the two Glossy Ibises which have been roosting on South Lake for several days now. Asleep at first, the Ibises gradually woke up. They were flushed initially by a Buzzard along with most of the other waders, but after circling a couple of times landed back on the central causeway giving very nice views as it got light. Three GCP Common Cranes also present were typically very vocal provided additonal atmosphere on this frosty clear morning. The Ibises departed around 7.45am south for their daytime feeding haunt, wherever that is.
|Glossy Ibises, WWT South Lake|