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!