Monday, 7 November 2016

Cheddar Reservoir - Lesser Yellowlegs etc

At long last we got the chance to visit Cheddar Reservoir in hope of seeing the now famous Lesser Yellowlegs. We paid a visit on 31/10 and again on 4/11 and struck lucky both times. A beautiful wader with remarkable legs and a 'lifer' for us. 
The reservoir itself is very low on water at the moment and has acquired a couple of islands! We have never seen the level so low and the bleached looking dried out weed together with the mud has almost created little lagoons.  Quite surreal to look at.
Other birds of note were 3 Great White Egrets, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted, Pochard, Cormorant, Chiffchaff, Mute Swan


   The one and only Lesser Yellowlegs


               
                   Looking very comfy on the dried out weed

  

                




               


  Feeling tired - Pied Wagtail looking striking against the bleached weed


               
                  Great White Egret - one of 3 taking advantage of the fish in the lake

   Caught One

               
                  Down in one

   Wing stretch - Lesser Yellowlegs


                




              
                Take off!



                




                




               




               




                


  The Lesser Yellowlegs a fine looking wader, a lifer for us and one of the many highlights of 2016 so far.







1 comment:

  1. Lovely pics of this beautiful rare poser Penny!

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