Marston – first visit in a while

I went for a couple of hours to MSTW about 11am to see what was about, in short not a lot so ended up planting myself awaiting for the Water Rails to show, they did not dissapoint I saw 6 in total.

Reed Buntings, mainly males, were also feeding on the same larvae/ flies in the water as the Rails. I got more than a few pleasing shots, possibly me best WR pics thus far. A few from each species mentioned can be seen below.

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I also noticed differences in the rear end of the Water Rails has anyone else noticed this or is it  just me? 😉 3 pics below on this topic.

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Not much else around really about 6  Bullies moved up and down the main hedge along Viking Way (on wrong side for a pic as you would expect!) and when back at my car about 20 Linnets were bathing in puddles next to the road. Vocal Cettis Warblers were heard in 3 different locations in the reed bed.