A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Visit to a Local Nature Reserve
As planned we visited Ladywalk Nature Reserve last Saturday afternoon. Ladywalk is a West Midland Bird Club Reserve, located on the edge of the Hams Hall Distribution Centre, consisting of woodland, wetlands, pools and reedbeds. We've been visiting intermittently for about 20 years.
We've seen Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (one of only three sightings I've ever had of this species) in the past along this public footpath which leads to the Reserve.
The River Tame runs alongside the Reserve.
Views of the Reserve from the Hide which overlooks the feeders.
Unfortunately, it was not (yet again) to be a good day for photos. We didn't arrive at the hide until 2.30 and 5 minutes later it began to rain. The light was really poor and its not easy taking photos of birds at one fiftieth of a second :( Most photos went straight into the recycle bin once I'd uploaded them later so I've included a few of the slightly better shots.
The first set are taken with my Olympus dslr and the 70-300mm lens.
You might be able to make out River Walk Hide in the distance - we used to find this a good place to watch Bitterns and even spotted a Woodcock at dusk on one occasion.
The photos below were taken by D with the new Canon Bridge Camera
Birds seen at the feeders included Greenfinch, Blue Great and Coal Tits, Chaffinch, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Pheasant, Goldfinch and Blackbird. We will return - but next time will make it a morning trip when its bright and sunny and when we've studied the manual to the new camera more assiduously!
Here's an example of one of the shots that went straight into the recycle bin! Although I have to say there is something about this photo I quite like :)
To finish a photo of Great Spotted Woodpecker in our garden.
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