When You’re Messing About By The River

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.

Pretty In Pink: How I Love Spring Blossom!
Pretty In Pink: How I Love Spring Blossom!

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.

Taking On The Trees
Taking On The Trees

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.

Blink And You'll Miss Me!
Blink And You’ll Miss Me!

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.

A Skilled Fisherman
A Skilled Fisherman

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.

Afternoon Swim
Afternoon Swim

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!

Mystery Egg Layer
Mystery Egg Layer

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.

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