Walking up the steps to the top of the bank around the reservoir, I was stunned by how peaceful and calm it felt. The view across the water was lovely, even in the gloomy weather.
There were lots of seagulls on and around the water . They're always a bit of a novelty for me as we're a long way from the sea, so I really enjoyed watching some of their antics. They seem like such funny characters.
Some of them were congregating around the floating buoys, with the boss bird sitting on the buoy shouting at the others.
They were chased off by a heron that wanted the buoy for himself, which didn't go down very well. The seagulls mobbed the heron, who seemed only slightly concerned, before the seagulls gave up and moved somewhere else on the reservoir.
|The seagulls were very cross with the heron|
|The seagulls soon moved on and left the heron in peace|
|Bulrushes guarding the waters edge|
|The stuffing's bursting out!|
|Great crested grebe in non-breeding plumage|
|A christmassy wreath of berries|
|A plant from the carrot family (not exactly sure what it is), but it |
was still in flower at the end of November
|A large bracket fungus looked like a rosette had been placed on this|
fallen tree trunk
|Lichen and sloe berries, with a sprinkling of moss|
|Balls of moss dotted the branches|
|Lovely spiky burrs - covered in tiny hooks, they're like velcro and I|
managed to get some caught on my clothes even though I knew they were
there and tried not to get any attached