Sunday, 19 October 2014

Noah's Hide

While we're still in that slightly strange autumnal period when all of the breeding birds have left and the winterers are only starting to arrive, the resident species of the Avalon Marshes are quietly putting  on a show to visitors. 
Noah's Lake is one of the oldest and largest patches of open water on the marshes, and with its established aquatic communities is a a favoured feeding spot for wetland birds. Over the last few weeks, herons, bitterns and egrets have been fishing close to the edge of the lake, providing some great photographic opportunities.

Unfortunately, the hide overlooking Noah's Lake is rather small and this weekend I arrived a little too late to get a seat (distracted by a late Garganey on Meare Heath on my way down) and so I had to take my photos from the back of the hide which was slightly awkward.

Great White Egret and admirers

At least 3 Bitterns gave nice fly-bys

Kingfisher on a favourite perch

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