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Friday, 23 March 2018

Flash - Gordon Bennett!!!!

Having ordered and then collected the ring flash from Chi (one noisy Peregrine and the female apparently on two eggs), got home and unpacked it only to find its not compatible with the 80d!! B****r!!
So, back for a refund and, as it was a nice day, on to Arundel.
Luckily, it was mostly quiet today - not too many people, no chainsaws and nobody I knew or recognised which meant I had plenty of time with the wildlife and not being distracted by others.

Daffodils were the place to be seen if you were an insect with Eristslis tenax and Apis mellifera, both above, and a male Anthophora plumipes nearby.
Viewing to the downs produced a dozen Buzzards in the air together along with two Kestrels and a single Red Kite; no sign of the Peregrines today - I wonder if they've finally got their act together and found a breeeding site.

Plenty of Lapwing display, two paired Oystercatchers and probably a dozen Med Gulls - no obvious ringed BHGs from previous years though. No migrants other than three Chiffchaffs, although I guess any or all could have been overwintering birds. A shy Coal Tit was best of the feeder birds and three or more Bank Voles showed well amongst the stag beetle pile, albeit difficult photographic conditions with so little light. A flashgun would have been very useful!!

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