Margie and I decided to go to Knepp today,just 20 minutes from home,should go more often to be honest, we arrived just before 8 o'clock and parked in the Walker's Car Park, we usually park on Countryman Lane and walk in from there but decided on a change today, from the Car Park we followed the Yellow/White path to start with, lots of small birds zipping about the bushes, a Yellowhammer was having a sing from the top of a bush,Linnets, Goldfinch, Blackbirds in abundance, several Whitethroat families, a group of Yellowhammers,a flyover Bullfinch, we also got our first view of some White Storks distantly in a dead tree!!
|Distant White Storks|
|Getting closer to the Storks|
At this point we came the closest we had to the Storks with two birds in a nest and another on it's own which posed well.
|Ponies by Margie|
|Pretty fearsome right but worse was to come!!|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
|Blocking the Path but luckily we had already decided to divert onto the Red & Blue Path to look for Turtle Doves|
|Gatekeeper by Margie|
|The beast with it's young by Margie!!|
|Red Deer Stag|
|Red Deer Stag|
We carried on, no sign of any Turtle Doves but we could here the ominous sound of Cattle roaring!! A Green Woodpecker gave a call, alerted I managed a few flight shots as it headed calling across an open field!!
|Cattle Moving in by Margie|
|Escape route blocked|
Margie oblivious to the situation, continued to try to get good pictures!!
|Margie facing the beasts!! So brave!!|
Luckily I had me wits about me opened a gate and we were safe,Phew!! A complete role reversal with us in the field behind the gate and the Cattle strolling down the path 😂
|Calf by Margie|
|Bull alert!!!! by Margie|
Having escaped the peril and with no sign of Turtle Doves, lot harder if they ain't calling, a guy we saw had seen one near Dial Post but we had no luck, we headed back and rejoined the White Path, the Red Deer had gained a couple of mates as so we took a couple of pics!
|Little bit of a Fly problem|
|Red Deer by Margie|
We looped around, brief views of a Buzzard,more Cattle,some different Storks and plenty of small birds but mostly common stuff!! Saw several Bullfinch today which is always good but never got a shot of one!!
|Final Stork View|
We arrived at the campsite,lots of Goldfinches and House Sparrows and a shop and cafe van that I didn't even know was here,despite visiting regularly in the past, especially good as most if not all the produce was Organic whoop!! £26 later we are heading back to the car!! Venison burgers for Tea!!