17 May 2014 At "The Eyes"

19th May 2014
I made my weekly visit to “The Eyes” on a lovely warm & brightly lit Saturday morning with the hope of getting some decent warbler shots but more realistically in the hope that something/anything would be close enough to take a reasonable photograph of it.

Well the sky was blue, the clouds white and fluffy and not a lot of wind so nice conditions really. Lots of the trees are in blossom and I liken them to foaming fountains of flowers, I suppose you call that flowery writing!

There wasn’t much to be seen from the first viewing screen so I made my way to the John Morgan Hide.

Flag Iris from the south pool viewing screen

On the short walk I could hear plenty of birds in song, Chiffchaff, Sedge and other warblers but could I see any of them, could I heck.

On the scrape were the usual suspects, black-headed gulls, Canada geese, greylag geese, gadwall, mallard, shelduck, coot, lapwing, mute swan and on the water, black-necked grebe, great crested grebe, little grebe, tufted duck, pochard, lesser black-backed gulls etc.


Mute Swan on the runway


It was very quiet and not much bird activity, the wood mouse that I've seen for the last couple of weeks had deserted as well.

As I said there wasn't much activity and certainly nothing unusual to see but the birds are always doing something and then there are the cute chicks.

Canada goose chicks

While I was there David Bowman pointed out a couple of nests that had been made under the hide but weren't being used or had been abandoned.

After that I wandered down tho the Rotary Hide where a coot and chicks were spending their time but other than that not a lot to see.

Coot feeding chick

I then retraced my steps and went back to the Tower Hide in the hope of photographing some Warblers. There were a few around but nothing ventured close to the hide, I did manage a few photos but they weren't much good.

Sedge Warbler

Thanks for reading.



Photo comment By ste dodd: fantastic photographs good to meet you at the eyes Saturday MORNING

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