Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham.

I will just do a short blog on the nature reserve which OH and I visited yesterday. We went to look at the Bushnell webcam they had for sale in the shop after talking about it via Facebook to the assistant manager. It is very similar to my old one and he showed us some footage of the captured videos of the badger setts taken with the same model. OH bought it for my late christmas present. I also bought a wren bird box which took my fancy!

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After a lunch of sausage, bacon and cheese paninis we set off for a walk round the reserve. We were told to go in one of the hides where bitterns were seen and a water rail. The first photo is looking towards the Visitor Centre with the towers of Radcliffe on Trent power station creating an imposing backdrop.

 

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The kind birders in the hide pointed out the Water Rail who was obligingly pecking around in the grass. I had never seen one before so it was very exciting. Unfortunately there was no sign of the Bitterns so we shall have to return and hope to see them one day, they are such shy birds. We carried on walking and had the river one side and the lakes on the other. The weather brightened and it was lovely walking.

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We saw some Grebe and just managed to get a photo as they have a habit of diving just as you focus on them! We had left the river by then and returned to the lakes. An unknown duck dived just as I was about to take the pic!IMG_5448 IMG_5449 IMG_5452 IMG_5453

The scrubby land is a dragonfly area. The inevitable Moorhen crossed the path. There were lots of Moorhens and Coots, a Tufty Duck and, close to the centre, this bird had the eyes of an Egyptian goose but what it was I’m not sure. It was very tame.

It was a lovely day out and we shall return again.IMG_5454 IMG_5464 IMG_5465 IMG_5466

P.S. The webcam went out last night and caught the fox visiting twice and Kitten having a nocturnal wander!

 

11 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    Lovely, just lovely Cilla :good: :rose:

  2. dixon says:

    Great photos cilla, love the shot of the dipping bird and the eerie looking wooded island. :good:

  3. dixon says:

    Hope the night cam lives up to expectations. :good:

  4. What a lovely day out, Cilla, and fab piccies :good:

  5. VegVamp says:

    A great read and pics Cilla, really enjoyed that, thank you. Could your goose be a Lavender Muscovy Duck? They have that distinctive red round their eyes.

  6. Hayley says:

    Looks like a great spot Cilla, I’ve never seen a Water Rail either but they’re quite distinctive so I’ll recognise one again ;-) I love connected with David Attenborough, even just in name, what a wonderful person he is. :-)

  7. shedsue says:

    Great birdie blog Cills…Mr P would be proud :good:

  8. cilla says:

    Thanks Sooz……………..tuesday is the day :love: :love: :love:

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