Shortly after this I popped down for another look at Black Hole Marsh, there were still stacks of birds including at least two Water Pipits and what looked like a littoralis Rock Pipit. Two Grey Wagtails were as lovely as always and a Merlin made a low pass over the lagoon scattering all the birds and ruining my chances of a better photo than yesterday's effort, I'd just lined up a cracking shot too! My best effort from this morning was this disaster, look how I managed to get both birds totally out of focus but got a cracking shot of the mud and stalks between them! Digiscoping's such a cinch!!
I popped back to the Yacht Club to see how Phil and Bun were getting on, they hadn't seen the Slav Grebe yet and I told them exactly where I'd last seen it about an hour ago, amazingly it was still there! It's not often that happens! We also saw another Merlin, a Red-throated Diver fishing really close in and an unidentified wader, which flew into the bay appeared to take a good look at Seaton and then veered off to the east. We figured that this was obviously the characteristic behaviour of a Purple Sandpiper, which are known to avoid Seaton like the plague!! Also a bit of excitement in the shape of a duck which for ages looked like something good, but turned out to be a mere female Shoveler.
As promised yesterday here are some pictures of Martha's (and my, under close supervision of course) painting in the Seaton Community Art Project. It's taken three days mainly due to inclement weather and even when it wasn't raining it was so-o-o cold!!
First here's one of the other paintings, done by some members of the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society. They appear to have inadvertently let the 'cat out of the bag' with their painting of some of the Axe Valley's bird life, by including that extremely rare and vehemently suppressed local specialty species the Tree Curlew!
Finally, further to yesterday’s mention of the film Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I am now over the speechless stage and can quite categorically state, that it was without doubt the best film (about a singing psychopathic barber) I’ve ever seen!!