We returned, as planned, to Lynford to try yet again to get the Hawfinches but once more we failed. This Kestral kept me entertained as she watched for her prey and made several attempts to catch something but each time came up ’empty handed’!
Home after a very pleasant, though unsuccessful walk on a beautiful morning. Time to make more meals to fill our flasks for other trips out, our kitchen did smell good today! Mid afternoon and a message came out: White stork at Welney, shoes, binoculars, camera, keys and we were out of the house and on our way!
As we drove into Welney we saw the bird, phew a tad more amenable than the Hawfinches! We went in and enjoyed this magnificent, unusual bird. I had seen one once before but it was the briefest of flight views so this felt like a life tick even though it wasn’t!
It was a beauty but I must admit I still cant imagine them on chimney tops, let alone nesting there. It wandered around but didn’t stray far, it preened and rested as we stood and watched.
It dipped into the water several times but all I saw it come up with was mud! I am sure he was finding something more nutritious in the water too at least I hope so!
Somehow missing the finches this morning seemed a distant memory and this star bird more than made up for it. Watching him preen I was hopeful he would do a wing stretch but he didn’t oblige!
When we left the bird seemed content and resting so I wouldn’t think he is going anywhere tonight. White stork bird number 152 for the year a real star!