Sunday 11th March - Woolston Eyes

13th March 2012
Th weather and light on Sunday Morning was reasonable so a trip to "The Eyes" seemed appropriate.

As I was driving along the canal bank there were a few Great-crested Grebes making their way along the canal along with plenty of Tufted ducks and the obligatory Black headed gulls.

I couldn't see anything on the bund as I crossed the footbridge to the reserve, there's usually something to see; I could however hear the Black-headed Gulls in the distance. I made my way to the first screen and there were plenty of Black Headed Gulls and a few Tufted Duck on the South Pool.

After that I made my way to the Centre Hide, it is a lovely hide and quite close to the waters edge at the moment while there is plenty of water in the pool.However most of the birds were on the far side of the pool.

On the water there were three pairs of Great-crested Grebe displaying intermittently. Black-headed gulls a plenty along with coots. There were also plenty of Mallard, a group of five Cormorant, Teal, Shovelers, Tufted Duck and a few Pochard.

I was hoping that a wader might have dropped in but no such luck and everything stayed put on the far side of the pool. Even the Grey Heron that flew in landed in the reeds on the far side of the pool not to be seen again!

Even the finches that regularly visit the feeders seemed few and far between.

Another of the regular Woolston watchers came into the hide and told me that there was a Toad on the path outside so I went out and grabbed a few photos before it disappeared into the undergrowth.

After that I had a wander around the bed and other than seeing a few Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Crows, Magpies and a Buzzard circling over No4 bed, I didn't see much else.

There was however plenty of blossom and buds on the various trees and bushes heralding the onset of spring and hopefully warmer days, not to mention the return of the Black-necked Grebes.

The last two photos are in HDR and are generated from 3 shots. HDR is something I've been playing around with for a while but whether they work or not I don't know.

Thanks for reading.


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