A quick post to show a few recent photos from Banbury's reservoir taken in the early morning. When you think this is a concrete lined lake, well used by fishermen and dog walkers, it actually attracts quite a few birds. The advantage is that many of the birds have got quite used to people and I can sneak up on them with my camera without causing alarm. Many birds pass though, only staying for a few minutes, hours or perhaps a couple of days at most. There is always at least one grey heron.
|this juvenile lesser black-backed gull just couldn't balance on the buoy|
|adult lesser black-backed gull showing how to do it!|
|my swift photos are gradually getting better|
|a small gathering of sand martins (nearest bird) and swallows on the barbed wire fence that surrounds the reservoir|
|sand martin close up with swallow to the right|
|beautiful back-lit juvenile little ringed plover|
|two blackcaps having a break from eating elderberries|
If you continue past the reservoir to the canal and follow the tow path under the M40 you will reach the new flood defences, including a small lake that also attract waterbirds - on Tuesday there were four little grebes and a common sandpiper.