After my exam this afternoon I came down to the Suffolk coast, where I am staying for 2 nights for my appearance on BBC Springwatch Extra tomorrow afternoon (please see my last blog post to find out more details about it). After briefly settling into our lovely little cottage down the road from RSPB Minsmere, my granddad and I visited Dunwich Heath for half an hour before dinner. There are tonnes of Rabbits round here, the ground seems to be crawling with them! As we stopped, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over us and landed in some distant trees, and there was a Wren next to us, singing somewhat half-heartedly in amongst the scrubby vegetation. As we carried on down to the heathland I saw a small bird fly in front of the car and land next to me, it was a Nightingale! It was a shame not to hear it sing, but it's getting a bit late on in the year now to hear their wonderful tune, however it was lovely to see such an awesome little bird, before it disappeared into the brambles - a very welcome year tick!
The heathland was bathed in a glorious golden light, so I took the opportunity to try some backlit photography of the bracken. I found the shapes of the bracken very interesting, and here were the best results from a few minutes spent with my camera:
Unfortunately it was too early for Nightjars, but it was very enjoyable just to be out and about, and a great change from living in the land-locked East Midlands to be able to see the sea!
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I'm Sorrel, a young birder, wildlife photographer and artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.