I went out on Thursley Common this rather grey and windy morning, forcing myself to get out and do some birding/photography as it has been ages since i have been out.
After a disappointing and cold start having only seen goldfinch, chaffinch, goldcrest and some particularly noisy Canada Geese, and not managing to get any nice shots, i'm almost considering packing up and going home when a flash of white on one of the marshy area's catches my eye. I pointed my camera at it and fired off a few shots and could see i was looking at a Curlew. Thursley is one of the only, if the not the only, inland breeding place for Curlew in the UK, but i was not expecting to see one today. I managed to get a bit closer (and get very wet feet) and get the shot below.
Feeling a bit better a moved round the corner and saw one of my favourite birds, the Redstart, a species i am determined to get a really good shot of this year, unfortunately these aren't a contender for that so i will have to try again
On the last leg of my loop around the Common i see what i am 99.9% sure was a hobby, it flew right infront of me but being the fumbling oaf that i am i couldnt get a shot off in time. As well as this i saw reed bunting and a very small warbler that i cannot identify, and spent ages trying to get a shot but i could never see it (only hear it) until i flew round the corner into the middle of another bush, very frustrating!
All in all, a good morning's birding, with at least one first for me (curlew) and probably another (hobby)