Friday, 30 January 2015

A New Year Visit to the Lea Valley

19th January 2015

A new year, a new start, and where better to start than at Fishers Green in the Lea Valley. And yes, I do spell Lea with an "a" as it follows the course of the old River Lea and not the much later Lee Navigation. First stop was the Bittern Watchpoint which was very quiet, so then on to the viewing platform just outside. The drake Tufted Ducks were resplendent as usual against a deep blue background, even saluting as I took their picture.

The finch flock on the bird crop past Holyfield Farm were difficult to see as they would fly from deep within the hedge and then dive straight into the crop to feed on the floor. However, on the way, we were entertained by this female Stonechat which followed us along the path.

On the way to Hooks Marsh Lake a little Jenny Wren was occupied trying to find some morcels of food down at water level and provided a few opportunities.

However, the target today was Goosander and we eventually saw a pair from the bridge. Unfortunately, we were looking into the sun, but it was possible to work our way around them to a fishing stage quite close to where they were feeding, and now had the sun behind us. Quite pleased with that as Goosanders can be very flighty and difficult to get close to. A very good start to the year.

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