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When we thought that the chance to catch large numbers of duck had forsaken us this winter we were in luck last Saturday morning. The first catch for 2014 resulted in 34 Shelduck netted of 43 present. The Group members were delighted, as indicated by the photograph, but also for a colourful bird caught in the reeds behind the group.
Whilst processing the Shelduck a visitor spotted a male Bearded Tit fly into the reeds. A mist net team was dispatched without delay and the bird was soon trapped. Prior to being netted it gave everyone present some splendid views. Although reported occasionally on the Wetlands this was the first catch for the Group and a very nice one too.
A happy team (Photo Mike Tyler)
A very attractive and unusual catch (Photo Mike Tyler)