Another storm, this time it was named Dennis, arrived for the weekend again, making birding almost impossible. As I’m on the recovery from my knee problems, I didn’t really mind, but I felt the desperation of going out all Sunday.
By the late evening, the sun popped out, and I was on my way to a short and easy walk to the Otmoor RSPB Reserve. There has been extensive flooding everywhere, especially along the A41 between Kingswood and Bicester. Several hundred Northern Lapwings and a Red Kite were of note.
Strait out of the car park of the reserve, I saw a beautiful, almost all white Western Barn Owl. As I walked towards the meadows, I heard the calls of the thousands of European Golden Plovers and Northern Lapwings roosting at The Closes.
A rough estimation resulted 4,500 European Golden Plovers and close to 1,000 Northern Lapwings. Sadly, I couldn’t walk around due to darkness but considering my condition, it was just enough for the day.
These mobile photos somehow reflect the atmosphere of the one-hour-long walk.