1st of August 2012.

WWT - Brandon Marsh.

Species seen 25.

My evening visit was spent with a few regular Brandon Birders in the Carlton hide following quick stops at the other hides.

A Hobby showed well, as well as Kingfisher, Buzzard and Kestrel. East Marsh pool had the usual birds with nothing uncommon on view. Teal pool had nine young Grey Herons and three Green Sandpipers.

As the summer evenings begin to draw in, the darkness was soon upon us. By nine o’clock, we were all ready to pack up and go home! Staying another ten minutes proved to be the right decision, as we were all treated to a fabulous sight of four Otters at the back of the pool. The female was keeping an eye on her three cubs as they played, splashed and gambolled in the water for a good three minutes. They disappeared briefly and then reappeared even nearer on the right hand side of the pool, again the views lasted a good three minutes, but then, they were all gone!

By this time it was almost dark and the trek back through the reserve to the car park was done with everyone on a high and each of us recounting our joy at seeing these beautiful wild mammals.

I did manage a very poor record shot as the there was almost zero light, but at least it’s something to remember this unforgettable night?

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