Wellies just ain’t enough!

Another rainy day and another wet birding walk. Eight a.m. in the car park at Coate Water, it’s raining, it’s windy and it’s dark. Crazy? Maybe, but a whole lot better than laying in bed. Not much to see on the main lake, just a few gulls wheeling around, a Grey Wagtail, a few fishermen and a runner. It’s not just us then. Arriving at the first hide there were a few small birds on the feeders and in the gloom under the feeders a Water Rail, constantly on the move. Probably the best views I have had of one of these elusive birds. Not much else going on here so after a while headed over to the second hide. From the walkway the first bird seen was the Great White Egret flying across the lake. Looking out from the hide it was perched on a tree on the island. It then dropped down to the ground before being seen off by a Grey Heron. Kingfisher and Little Grebe were also seen from here. Heading off around to the flood water, three Roe Deer were in a field by the motorway. On the flood water around fifty Teal took off as we approached. A Snipe and a Meadow Pipit flew out of the grass as we walked through. Trying to wade out to exit through the gateway on the footpath I took one step too many and found my leg immersed to the knee. Fortunately I kept my balance and apart from a filled welly no harm done. An alternative route back to the car was found to conclude an enjoyable walk. Now some more lousy pics.


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