• Sim Elliott

A Bittern in Barnes. London Wetland Centre. 08.03.22

The last (and first) time I visited the London WWT Wetland Centre in Barnes was shortly after the second lockdown, and all the hides were closed; so this was the first time I could get a feel of what it was like. Yesterday, there were not many birds around, but I did see a Bittern which was a real surprise, as they are one of the UK's most illusive birds. Talking to WWT staff I found out that the London Wetland Centre hosts a very small number of overwintering Bitterns each year.


Birds seen: Redshank, a Snipe, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Egyptian Geese, Cormorants, Shelducks, Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallards, Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Great Black-Backed Gulls, Moorhens, Coots, Carrion Crows, Magpies, Mute Swans, Grey Herons, a Bittern, Robins, Blue Tits, Ring-Necked Parakeets

Map from: London map | WWT


From the Dulverton Hide


Grey Heron


From the WWT Hide


Tufted Ducks


Marshes


Gadwall


Shellduck


Male Shoveler


Gadwall



From the Peacock Tower hide



Lapwing and Coot


Lapwings


From the Wader Scrape Hide


Toward the Peacock Tower Hide


Morehen and Snipe


Male Shoveler


From the Headley Hide


Wigeon (Black-Headed Gulls in the background)


The Reedbeds between Headley Hide and the Wildside Hide


From the Wildside Hide


Cormorants in breeding plumage



View of the Peacock Tower Hide from the Wildside Hide


A Mute Swan


Island in the Reservoir Lagoon with Grey Herons, Cormorant and Black-Headed Gulls, and in the reeds and the back of the lagoon, a Bittern


The Bittern enlarged.


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