Starling Trail

Waltons Heath - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8533

Waltons Heath – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8533

Robin Robins

I popped across to RSPB Ham Wall to watch the starlings returning to their night time roost.  The reserve is promoting the Netflix RobinRobin movie, and as it turned out there were lots of very tame Robins hanging around the popular spots.

Robin - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8791

Robin – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8791

The day before a lot of starlings had roosted in the reeds of Waltons Heath near the first viewing platform.  I do not want to go into one of the hides as they looked a bit busy.  So I watched from one of the excellent screens.

Soon lots of starlings appeared across a colourful sky.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8612

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8612

Some dropped in to the reeds here.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8654

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8654

And some even made pretty patterns.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8612

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8612

But most of the starlings had moved on to the north side of the viewing platform.

Day 2

Another day waiting for the starlings while photographing the robins.  This time I waited over the bridge looking north.

Robin - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8245

Robin – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8245

Soon the sky was full of starlings.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8909

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8909

Initially they flew to the far side of the Avalon Hide, but the sky was a lovely colour.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8928

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8928

Birds kept streaming in.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9064

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9064

They drifted back and forth over the reed bed.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9101

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9101

Some birds were persuaded to move on by the usual suspects.

Starlings and the Marsh Harrier - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9240

Starlings and the Marsh Harrier – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9240

But the vast majority settled down amongst the reeds in a chorus of noise.

Starling Roost - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9155

Starling Roost – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9155

Day 3

Next day and another robin.

Robin - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8288

Robin – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8288

This day the weather was poor, and I gambled on the starlings roosting on the far side of the Avalon Hide.  I assumed the birds would not want to drift around to the location they used the day before.  It also had the benefit on keeping me dry.

Some birds did drop in reeds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9252

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9252

Being blown about in the gusty wind most birds flew on by the hide.

Starlings fly passed Glastonbury Tor - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9316

Starlings fly passed Glastonbury Tor – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9316

I ran back to the viewing platform to see the starlings streaming in low over head during a down pour.  A lot of rain on my lens but a great experience.

Starlings in the rain - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9574

Starlings in the rain – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_9574

And finally…

This little robin perched on my monopod that I use instead of a tripod.  It was a bit too close to my camera, so I zoomed all the way out to get all of it in the picture.  It rested there for several minutes.

Robin - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8376

Robin – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_8376

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