A Morning at Moore NR

28th August 2011
I decided I would take a holiday on Friday which going by the weather of the last two days was a good move. I didn't really know what I was going to do on my day off other than try and photograph some birds. I didn't fancy going to "The Eyes", so I drove down to Moore Nature Reserve, which covers quite a sizeable area and has a number of pools. After parking up I made my way to Lapwing Lake that has three hides/screens. At the first hide there were a few Coots and Mallards that were quite close but I could see a Little Egret on one of the islands a bit further out, too far away for a good shot. So after a few minutes I made my way to one of the other view points that I thought may give a clearer view of the Egret. I did get a clearer view but still too far away for a great shot but as a general scene it's not bad.

Little Grebe and chicks were on view along with Coots and Mallards. But nothing was coming close enough to get a decent shot so after a short while I decided to move on to the feeding station area.

I'd only just arrived there and in glided a Common Buzzard and landed in a tree just above me but could I see it could I heck. As in most reserves the feeders aren't in use during the summer months and I didn't see anything in about 30 mins so I decided my time would be better spent at Birchwood Pool.

Looking out across the pool the level of water was the lowest I'd ever seen it. I was hoping to see some Little Grebe and there was one around but it didn't come anywhere near the screen and neither did anything else. I think the image of the feather reflects the scene nicely.

There's usually loads of gulls on show but I could hear and see them circling in the distance over the landfill site. The only bird of interest that I could see a bit further up the pool was a Black Swan so I made my way round to one of the other hides. By the time I'd got there it had come out of the water and it was standing on one of the little islets and just about within photographing range. The light was very contrasty but I got a few shots of it and that was my morning over.



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