On the 18th November:

1979

A day at Chew Valley Lake, starting along the north shore, where we saw a Bearded Tit and heard more, a Chiffchaff, a Redpoll, 3 Water Pipits and 3 Long-tailed Ducks, around the rest of the lake there were 62 Dunlin, 6 Green Sandpipers, 5 Goosanders and 77 Ruddy Ducks. 

In the afternoon we rushed to the east shore where a Greater Sandplover had been found, we had good views until it was flushed by a Peregrine.

Then later, we went to Moreton Hide on the south shore seeing the Slavonian Grebe again and finding an immature male Blue-winged Teal, a 1st lake record.

Drawings of Greater Sandplover by Laurel Tucker.

1988

In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 3 new birds seen today.

At WWT reserve at Caerlaverock to record Whooper Swans, saw c90 swans, c8,000 Barnacle Geese, a Brent Goose, a Goosander and lots of other ducks, also large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plovers. 

1989

1990

A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing lots of duck, a 1st year Peregrine, an adult Ring-billed Gull and a Kingfisher.

1993

In New Zealand on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.

Cape Petrel. 

2012

A visit to Slimbridge seeing lots of waders, 7+ Buzzards, 2 Water Rails, a Cetti's Warbler and 4 Bewick's Swans.

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