Went to Tring Reservoirs today, with Our Lass and the Admiral, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
It was very frosty first thing, when I nipped out to retrieve my wildlife cam, but even without the layer of frozen water crystals, all I had to show for 16 hours of recording were two rabbits. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
And so to Tring. We breakfasted at the Bluebell Cafe, each consuming a hugely delicious, if predictably unhealthy, Full English (veggie, in the case of the Admiral). In fact, I haven't eaten anything else all day, and as I write this, at 8pm, I'm just about able to look at a little mince pie with a small amount of desire.
We then decided that we had better make an attempt to walk off the calories, so took the path across the dam of Startops reservoir, around to Tringford reservoir, along a section of the Wendover arm of the Grand Union Canal, before stopping for a rest in the bird hide at Wilstone reservoir.
As well as the usual suspects of gulls and ducks, we spotted half a dozen Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Buzzard, an unidentified butterfly and a Migrant Hawker dragonfly. This latter fact will immensely please my fellow blogger at Nature ID, as I only recently conceded defeat in the "Who will record the latest dragonfly sighting in 2012?" challenge. It serves me right. But to be fair, we have had some poor weather, the afore-mentioned frost and, if I look back through my notes for 2006 to 2011, no Migrant Hawkers recorded this late in the year. Doh!
From the hide, we continued on around Wilstone reservoir, tarrying briefly for a cuppa at a convenient tea shop, and then followed our outward route in reverse to return to the car.
Sorry, no photos today, I was only carrying bins.