This is my haul from yesterday.
At the first lagoon mute swans, mallards and coots were showing well but the next one held a surprise. With another pair of mute swans was this little beauty.
|BLACK SWAN by annmackiemiller|
Black swans are not native to the UK, they are usually from Australia. This one is probably an escapee from a private collection. They tell me this one appeared last year on the canal next to the reserve then moved onto the reserve. The mute swans, rather than running it off, seem to be tolerating it well. Pity it choose just the wrong moment to dip in for a feed.
|MUTE SWANS, BLACK SWAN by annmackiemiller|
On that lagoon were also tufted ducks, teal and a pochard as well as the usual suspects. Someone said there was a snipe but I didn't spot it.
|TUFTED DUCK by annmackiemiller|
|COOT by annmackiemiller|
A quick pit stop for a couple of tea at the visitor's centre - all run by volunteers.
My last stop was at the manager's garden where they put out feeders. At first there was not much but it was so peaceful it was no hardship to hang around for a while. To be rewarded nice views of male and female chaffies, blackbird, tits, crows, a bit of a shaggy male reed bunting who is obviously still coming into his breeding plumage, male and female greenfinches, some pretty female reed buntings, a single dunnock and a couple of male bullfinches.
|MALE BULLFINCH by annmackiemilller|
|MALE CHAFFINCH by annmackiemiller|
|"table mates" GREENFINCH AND BULLFINCH by annmackiemiller|
|MALE REED BUNTING by annmackiemiller|
|FEMALE REED BUNTING by annmackiemiller|
And the last photo of the day - a pretty female pheasant -
If you fancy a nice day out or even the chance to volunteer - this is well worth a visit.
I'll be back to write more about this reserve another day.