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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Belgium Day 2 - 5th January 2015

Setting off from Namur we had neither lost or gained in the Casino of Hotel Beauregarde. A good breakfast we set off as dawn broke only to hit heavy traffic around Brussels. Our first stop today was at Wondelgem -The Long Fields just north of Ghent. With plenty of Bullrushes (reedmace) it was a hard task to track the Pendulines down but with the help of a local we found two.
The Long Fields Wondelgem
 







Our next stop was at Uitkerke aature reserve overlooking the marshland where thousands of geese were grazing, the majority were Whitefronts but also found Barnacles and a single Pink foot. A bonus was male and ringtail Hen Harrier plus Beardies calling in the reeds. Also a large number of Kestrels.
White-fronted Geese 
 Our final stop before the Tunnel was at Oye Plage near Calais. Heading out of the dunes onto the beach we found a flock of 8 Shorelarks (I have only ever seen singles) A great end to a fabulous couple of days

Shorelark in bad light
 
 
Thanks to great company from Paul Bob and Sandra
 

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