South Walney Nature Reserve 2013

Name of walk South Walney Nature Reserve 2013
Date of walk 2013-03-04

The weather was very still yesterday. Something quite rare for the island, so Brendan and I went down to the south end nature reserve for a walk. The Reserve is free to residents.

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It was hazy too. Looking over to Piel Island. The sun disappeared after I took this photo.

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Walney Lighthouse.

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The sea was almost glass like!

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Good for reflections.

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Not a wave insight! Normally we would be battling wind, waves and sea spray at this point!

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We head for the first of the hides. Plenty of Eider ducks about.

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I quite like bird watching, for about ten minutes, then I get bored. When I was an undergraduate 15 of us ecology students spent a week in St. Agnes, Cornwall on an ecology field trip. On one particular day (see photo above) I remember spending four hours sitting in wind and rain on a sea cliff counting gulls coming and going with three other students. Two of us were spotters and two recorders. I managed to take it seriously for about 20 minutes. As I knew my birds, I was a spotter...... "Black headed gull coming, herring Gull coming, Great black backed gull going..... " (twenty minutes later) "Juvenile herring gull coming, common gull going, Giant American Condor coming......oopps sorry, my mistake, its just another f$$%ing gull!" Not a career choice for me! The other spotter was Iolo Williams...he went on to work for the RSPB and now presents "Spring Watch", "Autumn Watch", "Rugged Wales" and other nature TV shows for the BBC. Lesson learnt! My fellow bird watchers in the photo were, Iolo, Frances and Jill, weatherproofed on a cliff edge, St. Agnes May 1983.

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I managed ten whole minutes in the hide....we did spot a grey seal!

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The lighthouse from the other side.

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Heading for Groyne Hide..

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Quite a few Grey seals about. One looks up anxiously as three jet skis go past the shoreline.

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My camera does not have a good zoom.

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Grey seals (foreground) look even more anxious when faced with a bloody great ship!

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..."Did you see that?!!!!!"

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This grey seal looks more like a "Sea Devil"......(1972 Dr. Who fans will be nodding sagely at this point, others will be expressing a somewhat different opinion!....I care not!)

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Time to leave the seals and head back.

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Amazing the wide range of fauna found in the littoral zone these days.

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Warden's house.

A good, easy 3 mile walk for a warm day.

Jo.

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