06 Oct 13 Down to "The Eyes"

09th October 2013
As it had been a few weeks since I’d visited “The Eyes” a visit was overdue, so I made my way there on Saturday morning.

The weather wasn’t too bad, a little overcast but enough light for photography.

I’m always hopeful of seeing something unusual or scarce even with the knowledge that taking a decent photograph of it would be a challenge; it’s a good job I’m always up for a challenge!!

Even though the temperature is dropping and we’re well into Autumn there are still a few insects, moths and butterflies around.

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Micro Moth

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

A quick look over the first viewing screen showed a large expanse of mud and no increase in water levels. Strangely I thought we’d had quite a bit of rain recently; obviously not!

As I walked along the path to the John Morgan Hide I came across a yellow fieldcap mushroom.

I then spent some time crawling around on my hands and knees still with my camera bag on my back trying to take a photo.

Yellow Fieldcap (Bolbitius titubans)

Note to self: take that dam bag off before you get on your hands and knees to take photographs!

After that I made my way to the John Morgan Hide holding my back.

I made myself comfortable in the hide and although there wasn’t a lot of bird activity it was very pleasant just to sit there and watch the comings and goings.

A couple of Black-tailed Godwits were around and one landed in front of the hide so that was useful.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Black-tailed Godwit(Limosa limosa)

There were a number of Canada Geese on the water a minimum of 150, then another large flock flew in. I’ve read on the Woolston web site there were 460 at one stage.

A small group of the Canada Goose (branta canadensis)

Not the most popular bird to populate the water.

Over on the far side of the pool there was a group of about ten Common Snipe and a couple of Black-tailed Godwits.

Common Snipe (gallinago gallinago)

I don’t know how far it is to the far side of the pool but it is a reasonable distance, so the above is a very heavily cropped photo; I think they call them record shots.

Teal (Anas crecca)

After a while I had a bit of a wander and found some more interesting fungi.

Young Shaggy Parasol Mushroom (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)

Old Shaggy Parasol Mushroom (Chlorophyllum rhacodes

Many books and websites state that this is a good edible mushroom, but the Shaggy Parasol has been known to cause serious illness in some people and so picking it to eat, intentionally or otherwise, should be avoided.

Chlorophyllum (formerly Macrolepiota) rhacodes, the Shaggy Parasol, is a fairly common mushroom found mainly in or beside woods and hedges.

I also found a small inkcap mushroom and unfortunately they can only be identified properly by microscopic study and as I neither possess a microscope or the knowledge the identification is a guess.

Glistening inkcap (Coprinopsis micaceus

Thanks for reading


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