a relaxed winter stroll at Rutland Water

B and I headed out to one of our favourite places for birdwatching recently, the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre and Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water. It is one of my favourite places to visit largely because it has an exceedingly generous amount of hides, which are placed at varying points around the wetlands and lagoons, and a wide variety of birds. The reserve itself is huge, with plenty of different routes to walk and lots of wildlife to see. You can easily spend a whole day there.

The weather was surprisingly good to us for our visit this time and although it was chilly there were a few spots of sunlight.

The water was frozen on the outer edges of many of the ponds and lagoons and the birds seemed to be more concentrated towards the middle areas due to this. Consequently, there didn’t seem to be much feeding going on, but it was still nice to be there and watch them from afar.

Ice at the water’s edge
Lapwings

There is always a lot of livestock wandering about. Most of them, like these rams, are in fenced off areas. I do remember last time we visited we had to walk around some very lazy sheep on the path! Luckily not the kind with horns.

Curious blackbird
Robin

This is perhaps my favourite close-up picture of a bird I’ve taken so far! A very cute round robin!

Grey Squirrel
ducks ducks ducks
a sweet little moorhen
Egret

We saw this lovely Egret but I struggled with getting the camera settings right to capture it properly. In all my photos it looks like its positively glowing.

Casper the friendly Egret
Egret coming down to land on water

The sunlight on the water was pretty.

As always, we saw a lot more birds than I managed to photograph! I was playing around more with manual settings as well so a bunch of my images did turn out blurry in the end. C’est la vie.

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