Most of us started off in the cafe for coffee before setting off to the various hides and paths on the reserve. Although we had access to the downstairs photography hide, sadly, there were no birds to be seen!
Most of the swans and geese had already left the reserve for their long journey north leaving just a few mute swans on the reserve. The main attractions on this visit were trying to find some of the recently hatched chicks, warblers and early arrival of some butterflies or dragonflies. This proved to be quite a tricky task - the chicks were difficult to find and at quite some distance when they were sighted and the warblers were also very tricky with the wind tending to keep them near ground level and not coming up to be photographed!
Most of us sampled the very excellent food in the Widgeon Cafe for lunch and despite the tricky conditions and the rather distant viewing, with a little patience and determination, everyone managed to get some shots some of which are shown below.
|Young Wagtail by Caroline Tillett
|Chasing Avocets by Roy Scrivener
|Sedge Warbler by Andy Caws
|Avocet Aggression by Robin Orrow
|Anthocharis Cardomine by Jan Murphy
|Avocet with 3 Chicks by Di Jackson
|Three Ducks by Andy Caws
|Reed Bunting by Caroline Tillett
|The Beauty of Weed by Jan Murphy
|Avocet in Flight by Roy Scrivener
|Orange Tip Butterfly on Nettle by Robin Orrow
|Moorhen Chick by Di Jackson
|Avocet and Mallard by Andy Caws
|Avocet Trio by Caroline Tillett
|Who Me? by Roy Scrivener
|Master of Disguise by Jan Murphy
|Avocet with Chick by Robin Orrow
|Orb-Weaver Spider with Prey by Di Jackson