22 April 15 Woolston Eyes NR

22nd April 2015
Tuesday morning was so nice I decided to take a holiday in the afternoon and take myself and the camera to Woolston Eyes NR. I was hoping to get my first decent photo of the year of a Black-necked Grebe or anything else that came within photographing distance really.

As I walked along the south bank the Chiffchaffs were calling and from the lower branches which combined with not much foliage on the trees should have made it easier to get a decent photo. All attempts failed, very disappointing!!

From the south pool viewing platform, a Grey Heron was strutting its stuff along the edge of the pool but there wasn’t much else in sight, a couple of Gadwall, Black-headed Gulls, Coots and Moorhens.

Grey Heron

After a few minutes I made my way to the John Morgan Hide and lo and behold the Grey Heron had followed me.

Grey Heron

Apart from the Grey Heron, there were Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwing, Coot and Moorhen on the scrape.


The way the Lapwing was behaving I thought it may lay an egg on the scrape but it didn’t while I was there.


On the water I could see Teal, Shoveller, Gadwall, Great crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Lesser black-backed Gull, Mute Swan and Pochard.

Greylag Goose



Unforunately the Black-necked Grebe stayed well away and didn’t venture within photographing distance as did most of the other birds. However a Pied Wagtail dropped in on the scrape and a couple of Buzzards scattered the birds just to make the afternoon a bit more interesting.

Pied Wagtail

Eventually I made my way to the Rotary Hide as I have taken some nice photos of Black-necked Grebe from this hide. There were about six birds that could be seen intermittently from this vantage point. Unfortunately they were at some distance or swimming behind the reeds, extremely irritating!

Anyway I did have a go at a distant bird and as you will be able to tell from the photo it really was distant.

Black-necked Grebe

I've also included a few photos from a couple of weeks ago when I visited Woolston but I didn't upload them to my website.

Crow on No3 Bed

Black-headed Gull, No3 Bed

View from south pool viewing platform, converted to mono and given a slight tint

Same photo but I tried to produce an infra red type effect and added some grain to it

Thanks for reading


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