Thursley Common

April 25, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Colin the Cuckoo has become quite famous over the last few years. Showing regularly, at Thursley Common. A quick trawl of the internet, and we were able to find directions. Park at the Moat car park , Elstead, keeping the pond on the right walk around the pond until you reach a crossroads, at this stage you will see a board walk straight in front (alternatively turn right at the noticeboard next to the first board walk , and walk along the sandy track until you reach the next board walk on the left).  All along this board walk you will find lots of common lizards in the right season and weather, as well as the possibility of grass snake. At the end of the board walk there is a metal dragonfly, turn right. The gorse is particularly good for Dartford Warbler in this area. Follow the path round and bear to the left until you come to a copse of Scots Pine, directly infront of you where the path splits into crosroads , take the path to the frontt and then the first path through the copse. I have marked the position on the map

Colin generally shows from 8am, and then several  times during the day. Redstarts, stonechats and wood larks also viit this location, posing for photographs. The board walks in the summer months are a great place for hobby. 

For Colin a camera with a full frame sensor, a 300mm to 400mm lens is ideal. For the smaller birds i used a 600mm f/4 II, with a 2X III extender.

 

More photos https://www.stevelaycock.com/thursley-common

 

Colin the Cuckoo at Thursley CommonColin the cuckoo SL5D5885Redstart SL5D6141Stonechat SLDX1209Woodlark SLDX1564Dartford Warbler
SL5D6362Common Lizard P1220699 (002)Metal dragonfly (photo by Niall Bowcock) Map of Thursley Common Colin the CuckooMap of Thursley CommonMap and directions to Colin the Cuckoo at Thursley Common


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