It occurred to me, a bit late on in our walk around the reserve yesterday, that I should take the opportunity to walk on the spit of land that has appeared on Cormorant lake; the end of which I had christened Cormorant island. However, we didn't feel like retracing our steps. At some point in the future Cemex will finish their restoration of this lake and the only way to get photographs from its middle would be via a boat.
Sunday morning broke bright, sunny, still and cold. Although I reckon there would be more opportunities to walk on what I have now christened Cormorant Spit, it was too nice a morning to miss. Armed suitably with a fully charged battery for my DSLR, I set off at 8:50am.
Unfortunately the Moor Green Lake car park was still closed - though there were three twitchers on the west side, with their spotting scopes already set up on tripods facing the bird feeders about 15 metres away on the east side. No idea what has got them so excited.
Bird watchers normally park in the Horse shoe lakes car park, and hoof it around the reserve. I drove round and parked in the Longwater road entrance to Manor farm. As I trekked east to the pump station and cormorant lake I encountered other bird watchers. Not bad for a cold ( 3 degrees) Sunday morning.
Cormorant spit was sandy, but very firm underfoot. It looked quite compacted. The birds weren't too happy at my appearance, and dutifully made themselves scarce. By now, although still bright, there were clouds forming in the previously clear sky, and light conditions varied - playing havoc with my white balance. Cor, ain't I getting all technical with my DLSR. It's still set on P though. :-)