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