|Great White Egret|
News that 2 Great White Egret were present at Ågesta saw me change venue from sandemar and backtrack to get to the reserve. on arrival it took some time to locate the birds, which were roosting in the reeds at the far north of the lake around a kilometre away. Scope views were sufficiently good even at this range and I was grateful of this swedish tick. Other birds included an Osprey over the lake and a good flock of Teal. I decided to check Pumphusangen carefully and after picking out several Green Sandpipers and quite a few Common Snipe my scope finally rested on a real prize, a Jack Snipe on the ground. The bird was close enough to allow me to get a decent didgiscoped image, which I was very happy to get, this being such an elusive species. The views through the scope were nothing short of stunning and I was able to show the bird to a couple of visiting birders who were delighted, it was a lifer for them. I sketched the bird for a while before moving back to the main lake, just in time to see the egrets dropping into the reedbeds at the southwest corner of the lake. Here i had excellent views through the scope, though the birds were in redd cover and it proved almost impossible to get a decent shot.
|Great White Egret|
|Eurasian White fronted Geese|
A day at the reserve with John costello. arrived to the north to singing Skylark, before we immediately picked up a superb Rough legged Buzzard. Geese were everywhere at Lingbokullen too and there were a lot of eurasian White Fronted Geese present among the Taiga Bean Geese and Greylag Geese. The minimum count came to 185 birds by the end of the day, a very high total. From the tower we had 7 pairs of Pintail, a Curlew, Snipe and 15 Common Crane among the more regular species. Gadwall, Shoveler and White Tailed Eagle followed before we headed to Spangen. Here the highlight were 4 Bearded Tit and a superb male Marsh Harrier, all welcome additions to the yearlist. A superb day all round in glorious conditions. The images here were digiscoped through the Swarovski ATX 95 scope with a Nikon D90 camera body at some range...
|Rough Legged Buzzard|