Today we visited Broad Colney Lakes Nature Reserve, Hertfordshire. I’m always scouring the net looking for somewhere I can go with both my camera and my dog, and this little corner of wildlife paradise permitted both. I wasn’t expecting to see any otters like the website advertised – maybe another time – but I still managed to capture an array of birds on film.
My first model was this adventurous moorhen clambering through the branches of a tree stretched over the lake. I couldn’t figure out where it was headed, but I enjoyed watching its valiant efforts trying to maintain its dignity as it wobbled.
I just about managed to capture a song thrush as it rested on a branch for mere moments. So many times I have strived to zoom and focus in time and have missed my subject as it bursts into the air again, but this time I was quick enough.
Back by the lake, I was pleased to glimpse a mighty heron perched on the opposite bank from where I was stood. On maximum zoom he was still a way away, but I like the way he is surrounded by tufted ducks as he surveys his kingdom.
There were also several Great Crested Grebes circling the lake. Again, this one was a way off, but I just love his beautiful plumage as it catches the sun. Up until now I’d only ever seen these birds in Scotland, so was pleased to see my first English individual.
I also found both halves of a discarded egg shell on the forest floor; predominately white with a very faint blue/green shade and brown speckles. If anyone could let me know what bird they think this egg belonged to, I’d be very grateful!
I love discovering new nature spots! I’m hoping to visit more this summer, after exams when I’ll have more time to spend birdwatching and simply being a part of nature.