First up the whole point of sites like this is to create habitats for wildlife, not a theme park/zoo, so views and photographic opportunities HAVE to a back seat, in my opinion views and images are just an added bonus. On Tuesday as I sheltered from the blazing hot sun at lunchtime, my back propped up against a willow sapling with elder trees forming a "sun screen" over my head providing a rest bite from the sun, I opened my bottled drink took my shirt off (too cool down) and closed my eyes and listened to the sounds, Reed Warblers chugging and whirling away from the reed bed, Sedge Warblers constant chuttering, a "squelch" from a Common Whitethroat, calling Buzzards followed by the explosive call of a Cettis Warbler (which still to this day makes me jump every time it starts it's call), a wren ticking away from the nearby hedgerow followed by a very brief view of a Lesser Whitethroat and as for the Water Rail squealing away from the reed bed had convinced me there really is no need for hides/shops or somewhere to go toilet!!! Just use a bit of imagination, the same goes for images...be creative try some good ol' field craft. The site is definitely in my opinion one of the hardest to get images from, but it's not rocket science, for example I heard a Long Tailed Tit flock coming towards me, so I left my shady area and waited for them to come along the hedgerow...to me
|"JUST A REED BUNTING!!!"|
On the walk I managed a few shots of the Buzzards on the site. I noted three things a) juveniles are being encouraged by the adults to leave the nest site b) when the Buzzards fly over the reed bed all of the warblers and reed buntings go quiet and the Water Rails squeal away in a "panic" like call c) one Reed Warbler even has a partial "buzzard" like call before reverting to it's normal call, which is odd and amusing to hear.