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Sunday, October 13th 2013

The Lake is at its best at dawn with pink sky, mist over still water and autumn reflections.  Today it was grey!  Even the trees looked grey!

The Lake

However activity on the Lake made for a much brighter day!  There were four female and three male Mallard swimming and bathing across the Lake.  Moorhen were totally unperturbed by their antics.  Then a flash of blue as the Kingfisher appeared!  It flew backwards and forwards between the various perches purposely put out for it.    Small tree branches overhanging the water were also used, as it dived for food.

Whilst following the Kingfisher another bird was seen on the Lake and on closer inspection this was identified as a juvenile Little Grebe, sometimes known as a Dabchick.  It was diving for food and it caught several fish.

Little Grebe

Volunteers were at Tesco today, raising funds and increasing awareness of the reserve.  Many thanks to everyone who gave their time to help out.


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