Lunch with a Great White Egret

Another day in Cumbria and a birdwatching trip with Martin into the hinterlands that lie north west of Wigton. As you cross the Maryport/Carlisle bypass headed towards Kirkbride it is akin to entering another world. A slower world where the houses merge into the low margins of saltmarsh and roughland. Hugging the mist we made our way towards Bowness-on-Solway, calling in on the RSPB reserve at Campfield Marsh. Now we had heard about the Great White Egret that had wintered on the Solway, but we had no expectation of seeing this iconic bird. It was much to our surprise then when, upon stepping out of the car, the egret came into clear view, fishing from a pool approximately 100 yards away. After five minutes he flew off towards the coast and we carried on walking around the reserve watching all kinds of ducks, waders, and raptors, and generally having a grand time. As the hour crept round to midday, hunger started gnawing at the fabric of the day, We baled out and continued a little way down the single track road that leads to Anthorn, to lay up by a coastal saltmarsh pool for lunch. Sandwiches and flasks came out, and then, the realisation that we were not alone. Harassed by a couple of herons above us, the Great White Egret was once again in view. He settled down with the competing herons to engage in some serious fishing whilst we, sitting in the car, pulled on our sandwiches, enjoying the sublime beauty of this very special moment.


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Left with the use of my left arm/hand only, after a serious motor cycle accident in 2005, I am learning to adapt to life with a brachial plexus injury and have developed a style of playing guitar using open tunings. I love drawing, painting and generally messing around in a fairly loose fashion. Can't describe myself as an artist, but perhaps a doodler with intent.

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