Catching the birds down at Titchfield Haven

TWITCHING Bird watcher Peter Smith, 53, at Titchfield Haven, Titchfield.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (114510-175)
TWITCHING Bird watcher Peter Smith, 53, at Titchfield Haven, Titchfield. Picture: Allan Hutchings (114510-175)

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IT may be the depths of winter, but one beauty spot is still teeming with life.

Birdwatchers have been visiting Titchfield Nature Reserve to catch a glimpse of the many bird species that have migrated there to see out the cold winter months.

The area provides a refuge for ducks, geese and wading birds, and is also well-known as the summer breeding ground for the rare avocet bird.

Peter Smith, 53, a factory worker from Petersfield, was one of those with binoculars at the ready.

He said he saw Black-tailed Godwits, Teal and Black-necked Grebes.

‘I have been doing it since I was a child,’ said Peter.

‘It’s just something I have always been interested in. Sometimes I take photographs, but I don’t bother with logs or anything.

‘That’s a bit like trainspotting! I just do it because I enjoy being out and you never know what you might see.’