Unfortunately time once again wasn't on my side. The original plan was to visit Frampton and then Gibraltor Point further up the Lincolnshire coast near Skegness, but I wasted time trying to get an easier vantage point by the side of the road opposite the area normally inhabited by the Black-winged Pratincole at Ouse Washes earlier in the day.
This detour only resulted in not seeing anything (the Pratincole had flown off earlier that morning anyway) and being stung on my shoulder by a persistent and aggressive wasp.
So the time wasted meant the visit to the Gibraltor Point would have to be postponed to another day and it also meant less time to walk round Frampton Marshes. Time management when birding is obviously not my strong point.
Still, what time I did have was spent pretty well. I've never been birding at Frampton before so it was always going to be interesting. The reserve has also had its fair share of decent birds this year. It didn't disappoint.
|Frampton Marshes visitors centre|
|Inside the 360 Hide|
|For once a Spoonbill that was awake|
|The Spoonbill came quite close to the hide – shame |
about the bit of vegetation in the photo
|The wonders of Photoshop|
|The Glossy Ibis was unfazed by people walking past on the road|
next to the wet grassland area
In short, I slept in, and then to add insult to injury ex-Hurricane Bertha dumped buckets full of rain on the area, so I decided it was best to head back home, even though a Red-necked Phalarope had turned up that morning. Such dedication.