Minsmere in the fog; Adders and Snipe.

Minsmere March 17th.

The smog blowing across the UK from central Europe had a pretty devastating effect on photography this weekend! However we managed to get a good view of a young male Adder and the snipe performed well close to the Island Hide.

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Male Adder basking in the sun.

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Snipe from Island Hide.

Two female Smew were seen on the scrape but the continued presence of diggers and workmen there put paid to any really serious birdwatching; the fog was very thick as well.

The Marsh Harriers performed well but clear pictures were not really possible even close to the hide...

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A young male Marsh Harrier quarters the reed-bed on a very misty day.
Still. our first visit to RSPB Minsmere for many years was a nice break from the toil of Retirehood (!) and a visit to Wicken Fen (in 4 degrees Celsius FOG) has shown us another great place to visit in the Summer for butterflies and dragonflies.


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