Poor light and few birds meant I spent time chatting with others at the Viewing Point at Amwell Nature Reserve near Ware. With all the hides still closed the birds are, consequently rather distant so all photos are hugely cropped and shot at high ISO numbers to keep shutter speed adequate. Hobby fly pasts were the highlight but these, sadly, were far off, hence the poor detail in the following shots.
|Just finished eating some unidentified prey, dragonfly perhaps?|
|Juvenile black headed gull|
|juvenile black headed gull|
|Lesser black backed gull, adult|
|Pair of adult Lesser black backed gulls|
|Adult Herring gull|
|Moulting herring gull going into non breeding winter plumage|
|Pair of female pochard|
|First year male pochard entering into adult plumage|
|Female pochard having a chuckle about something|
On the island, lapwing and greylag geese were in strong numbers as were starlings, mainly juveniles just coming into pre adult plumage and therefore covered with white spots and showing a dark bill ready for the winter.
|The Island in front of the Viewing Point|