On the far bank there where two Little Egrets, some lapwings and Canada Geese. But amongst these there was also two very interesting birds. These two....
(I reckon - James)
Water Rail (It was a big one!!)
And having a good swim in the water there was a family of Tufted Ducks
Tufted Duck Family
And finally a very handsome Shoveller in flight. Their beaks add to the effect when in flight.
Shoveller in flight
Then came the scary bit. On a beautiful summers day amongst the reeds I began to hear what I thought was a tractor in the distance. At the head of the path I found this beast. When the breeze blew it turned and made the most disturbing industrial nightmare of a grind. Even on a day like this it gave me the creeps. Imagine being there at midnight on a wet and windy winter.
An artistic shot
On the way back I managed to get a few shots of one of the cutest birds around. The Long tailed Tit. They are flighty little buggers. Never staying still for a second and always amongst the leaves. Only when a gang of them decides to hop tree do you really get to see them. It was a welcome antidote to the scary monster.
Long Tailed Tit
These Pair of Greenshank where at another pond at the back of the Reserve
And a Sedge Warbler