But before we get to that bit let me just put my first annoyance forward. I climbed the steps and was met by not one, not two but three dogs in the hide. As you may know I don't particularly like dogs but thats not the point. They were filling the place up. The owners of course thought it was wonderful that they began getting excited with a new arrival. No thanks. Leave the things outside at the foot of the stairs tied to one of the posts. Its a bird watching hide. They got the hint from my terse looks and left not long after.
So back to Mr Riley. Its been a while but the smiles soon lapsed as he gave an exasperated sigh. He was very upset that the area that he loves so much had been blighted with this monstrosity stuck in the middle of it. Not only that but the access to the hide is through the small wood which is a preciously small unique area. Already the path is getting trodden into a muddy rut. The raised path will do nothing for it. Its going to be a precession of clumping boots all the time. Thats going to encourage wildlife isn't it. I happen to agree with him. OK the hide itself I'm ok with but yes the area has changed. Its loosing its tranquility, its magic. The pool that the hide overlooks is pitifully small to warrant a hide like that. What's going to go there? Marsh harriers? Bitterns? I doubt it. Yes the smaller birds true. Imagine if a Bittern were spotted there. That wood will become trodden to a Somme. It was fine as it was. Its not a Shapwick or Ham Wall its a tiny patch of delicacy.
Anyway there was very little to view save a probable Peregrin being harried by three crows
There where a few buzzards flying around as usual and they were particularly mottled almost Female Marsh Harrier like
After a while the pool started to hot up a bit. Water Rail where flying back and forth and Kingfishers. One even landed for me, just
Kingfisher - just
The stars of the show were three female Shovelers that patrolled around the waters
From the hide we wandered round the long path to the far screen. We talked our usual talk. Mr Riley was in fine form and we enjoyed the scenery as well as looking for excitement amongst the birds
Mr Riley looking disapprovingly at a Dragonfly
The Dragonfly looking disapprovingly at Mr Riley
I never realised that Canada Farm was so near. You can see it from the track. And the hide at the new Hawk and Owl site was visible as well.
A very Disapproving Frog
Three lovely ladies
We parted and I drove on to West Hay and the raised hide. There was absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing to see so I amused myself with some macro at twenty paces.
Chaser on a stick
Another Chaser on a stick
Perhaps its just me but everyone I saw seemed to have a dog with them............................