Where do I start oh yea my weather app on the iphone says cloudy up until 11am then sunny for the rest of the day.
So I picked up my camera gear and off I trot, its very grey and overcast, I get to the Wetland centre grabbed my large tea and looked outside and it was pouring down with rain, so made my way to the Dulverton hide (closest) and sat in there until the rain stopped
The gulls were having a blast as they always do despite the weather
There were 2 little grebes in the distance getting ready to have a family I would imagine
well the rain eased and it was time to make my way around the reserve I walked up towards the peacock tower where this is a small channel off the lagoon lake where the Great crested grebes fish but they were not there instead I had the company of a Green woodpecker for a few seconds so made the most of it
The birds have frustrated me over the years as they normally see me before I see them and screech and laugh as all you see is there behind as they fly away
After that encounter I decided to have a look from the peacock tower hide there are no peacocks to be seen by the way
I only went to the 1st level in case the Kingfisher turned up which meant I would be closer to him but alas that didn’t happen, I had some nice flyby’s of Peewits, Gadwalls and Canada geese
it’s started to get really bright now so I thought I would make my way across to the other side of the reserve called “Wildside” one of my favourite areas for the afternoon light its just magnificent as soon as I pass through the closed gates I could see and hear the marsh frogs in full voice its incredibly loud and watching those airbags on the side of the face reminds me of bagpipes.
I moved further inside and popped along to a favourite place of mine called Ratty’s stand as below
where you see the Birch tree this is where I lay down flat on the belly I love this POV for the Coot’s
and the moorhens which always frequent this lake throughout the year this is their backyard
Then you have infrequent visitors like the Mallards
and the Canada Geese sometimes drop in like they did on Saturday
I picked up my black bin liner which I mentioned in an earlier blog
and grabbed a sarnie from my bag and a packet of crips (yes I know I spelt crisp crips I always do)
had lunch. I then popped to another lake not far away that I heard had a family of mallard ducklings
awwww always has a cute factor that I cant resist and as usual took more photos that I needed
this was the highlight of my day and I was quite happy to get home in time for the boat race which I could have easily gone and seen as the start of the race is just a few mins from home I used to photograph this event frequently at one time, anyways I hope you enjoyed the blog until next time.