Sunday, 22 November 2015

An Early Winter Visit to Abberton Reservoir

12th November 2015

Over the last three years Essex and Suffolk Water have been carrying out extensive works at Abberton Reservoir to increase the capacity of the reservoir by an extra 10 feet of water. What is baffling then, now that the work has been completed, is that the current water levels are lower than they used to be in pre-works days and, lets face it, we haven't exactly been short of rain. As a result the water is now 50 yards from the hides so not much good for photography. We did, however, spend some time in the oddly named Hide Bay Hide as the low water levels had exposed some spits which I didn't even know existed.

Most of the usual suspects were present including this Mute Swan which gave an impromptu take-off display, but the bonus was the four Bewick Swans that flew in from the Abberton Church end where they had been seen earlier in the day.

Back on the trail one of the ringed Kestrels from the nest box was hunting over the path and was so pre-occupied with catching a vole that it scarcely noticed our presence allowing some great opportunities. If only the sun had been out.

But the stars of the show today were the juvenile and adult Black-headed Gulls sitting around on posts on Layer Breton causeway, especially as they posed in front of the distant trees allowing an effective background to be created.

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