Little Egret near Catcott Lows

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Despite the beautiful sunshine on Saturday, there was very little about: a mysterious raptor that we have still to identify, a field of Lapwing that were far too nervous to approach, two courting Grebes that we couldn’t get close enough to photograph without disturbing them, and then on the way home we spotted this individual in a flooded field in the company of 32 adult swans.

Catcott is the newest of the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves, combining several small scattered reserves into one extensive mixed landscape. The access tracks, east of the entrance to the main hide, lead into increasingly wild and untouched reed bed and flooded woodland. This was our first visit and we were both stunned by the beauty of the place. I’m going to have to get some waders!

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Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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