A party of 15 Nature Group Members and local nature photographers met on Sunday for a day photographing in the main hides overlooking the Ouse Washes and on a walk around Lady Fen. Those who arrived early had good views of Kestrel and Cattle Egrets on Lady Fen though the birds were more distant and not as abundant as in previous visits. This was true for much of the day. Once the Visitor Centre was open we spent the morning visiting the hides (just about all open for the first time in a couple of months with the high rainfall). As usual, plenty of duck activity to keep our cameras clicking plus a large flock of Black-tailed Godwits.
We returned to the cafe for a welcome lunch before returning to the reserve to explore and take more photographs. In the afternoon, some people revisited the Hides while others took a walk round Lady fen - unfortunately no hares this visit but Chinese Water Deer, a pair of Buzzards, and lots of Egrets kept us entertained. We even found a cluster of 16-spot Ladybirds hibernating on a fence post.
Several returned to the hides for the sunset - some good colours on the water but not as good skies as we hoped. So overall an enjoyable day and certainly very sociable event with WWT very keen to make us welcome(Images Chris Holt, John Kirkelionis, Ann Miles, Bruce Kendrick, Andre Neves