01 November 14 "The Eyes"

03rd November 2014
When I awoke on Saturday morning, the sunlight wasn’t exactly streaming through the curtains but it was light and it wasn’t raining.

So after a filling breakfast I made my way to “Woolston Eyes” which is only about 15mins away, The light was quite good, still no rain and only a light breeze so I was hoping that I’d get some reasonable photographs or spot one those elusive rarities that up to now has escaped me.

As there always is there were plenty of cars by the footbridge across to the reserve but from experience that doesn’t mean an awful lot as most of them belong to the ringers and generally you don’t see them or you get a brief glimpse of one in the distance, the lesser spotted ringer.

As I walked across the footbridge over the bund, there was a cormorant quite close and some ducks in the distance but nothing I could get a decent photograph of so I made my way to the south viewing screen. The water was still quite low even after the recent rain and there certainly wasn’t anything close enough to photograph, not even a coot or moorhen. It was quite pleasant just to stand and stare for a while as the sound of birdsong drifted across the water but it was only the ringers playing one of their tapes.

After a while I made my way to the tower hide looking out for any birds or insects that I could photograph but nothing jumped out and grabbed my attention. On reaching the hide it was obvious that a lot of hard work had been done to clear the reed in front of the hide. Unfortunately it didn’t help me to see anything.

After a while I decided to go to the John Morgan Hide and on the way I found a couple of Hoverflies to photograph.

Marmalade Fly (Eristalis pertinax)

Tapered Drone Fly (Episyrphus balteatus)

On reaching the John Morgan Hide I opened one of the windows under the hide and unusually there was nothing on the scrape, no Canada Geese or Lapwing, there was absolutely nothing. I waited expectantly but nothing other than a couple of Moorhens ventured near the scrape. Consequently the photographs I took were long distance shots and required some heavy cropping so the quality isn’t very good.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

The Shovelers and other waterfowl were panicked and put to flight by a Buzzard hunting over the reserve but the panic diminished as quickly as it started and the birds settled down again, you’ve got it, on the far side of the pool.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata) landing on the far side of the pool

Buzzard (Buteo buteo) that put the other birds to flight.

Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) splash landing

Elsewhere on the reserve I found some fungi and a Comma butterfly.

Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa)

Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)

Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus)

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Thanks for reading.



Photo comment By Diane Shepherd: Hi, I go to the Eyes almost every Saturday , its a fabulous place . I'm just beginning my photography journey with the loan of a Nikon V1 . I'm particularly interested in butterflies, dragonflies,fungi/lichens' and wildflowers as well as the birds of course . Looking forward to browsing the rest of your photos. Cheers Diane

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