Sunday Morning at "The Eyes"

13th February 2012
Sunday was a pretty grey and miserable day and about par with most of the weekends we've had so far this year. At least it wasn't raining and I wasn't shopping for wallpaper, lighting and what have you to decorate or visiting the hospital. So an opportunity to nip down to the eyes and and get some photography in.

After crossing the footbridge over the bund I spotted some Long-tailed tits in the trees, probably a little too far away but I did manage to get a few shots in before they disappeared.





A look over the first screen revealed a frozen south pool without a bird in sight!!

I'd met Brian Martin by one of the gates and he had told me that there were a number of Shovelers on an unfrozen patch of water on the centre pool. So I didn't waste any more time and moved on quickly to the warmth of the new centre hide.

As I was told, a large area of the the centre pool was frozen but not too far out there was some open water with about twenty Shovelers on it. More or less on the other side of the pool there were more Shoveler, Teal, Coot and Gadwall.





There were also plenty of finches, tits and Dunnock around the feeders, no Brambling though. A single White Wagtail also flew in for a short time.



I'd spotted some Snowdrops on the way in so I stopped to take a few photos of them and I'm pretty sure there was a strong smell of wild garlic in the air so perhaps spring isn't too far away.





cheers

Andy

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