Over the weekend I took a trip to Fen Drayton, to visit the RSPB run nature reserve that can be found there. I was still on a hunt for wildlife and I thought I might find some suitable natural nuggets within its environs.
There wasn’t as much birdlife as I thought there might be, but I made up for it with some shots along the River Great Ouse, which runs through the reserve, and from rummaging through the undergrowth on the hunt for smaller quarry.
The reserve, a 108-hectare area comprised of several lakes formed from exhausted sand and gravel pits, is home to around 190 bird species, many of whom must have been in hiding when I visited. In times of heavy rain and river flooding, the entire reserve goes under water, including car parks and most rights of way.
It is planned that the reserve will become part of a much larger wetland area along the River Great Ouse, linking to the Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Ouse Fen, which should become Britain's largest reedbed within the next 30 years. In fact it was at Ouse Fen that the images from my last two blog posts were taken. Here and here.
|I spotted this little fellow below me as I walked past, and spent the next 20 minutes in various ridiculous, |
hunchback poses trying to get a close up shot of him. I'm glad I did though, as I think this was my favourite
shot of the day.
|Some lush vegetation along the River Ouse.|
|A pair of Green Veined Whites continuing the family name.|
|The river runs such a lazy course this time of year, the surface is almost mirror like. I had to grab this shot |
as quick as possible before a couple of canoes sliced through the water and ruined the reflection.
|Another one of my intrepid little friend as he heads off to pastures new. Looks like he's been involved in bit |
of agro by the state of his shell.
|A couple of ducks and an old tree stand sentinel by the waters edge.|
|Another little snail, this time with a blue/grey shell.|
|An old ash tree next to the waters edge.|
|A partially fallen ash tree amongst the undergrowth.|