More images of The Island Draycote Water
With many birders chasing rare birds around the country, I ended up at Draycote Water on a pleasant, sunny morning, but a cooling south westerly blow. The day was to prove rather exasperating with a lot of disturbance from the fishermen who seemed intent to drive their boats into any area that birds were sheltering and I was observing! One fisherman decided to park his boat virtually on the Farborough Spit - result = everything flies! Another parked just off the island - result = everything flies! Several then head into Toft - result = everything flies. At least six then head into Rainbow Corner - result = everything flies!
The reason why very little was found on Farborough Spit
The reason why very little was found in Rainbow Corner
Marie Celeste? This boat was found at anchor, with two active rods, just off the outlet. But where was the fisherman? No sign. Had he fallen overboard? No - he was asleep on the bottom of the boat!
Now, I firmly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy their activities without prejudicing others. So, I feel violated that the fishermen have the advantage of prejudicing my enjoyment, so what can I do about it? Well, I may place an order for one of these:
What fun tangling / cutting lines, ramming the boats or even a torpedo!
As you may have guessed, photographic opportunities were rather limited!
Bird wise, rather quiet! Around the water were eight Dunlin, ten Ringed Plovers, and a Ruff on the island. Three Rock Pipits were at Farborough Spit and two Swallows flew along Farborough Bank. The outlet held two Shoveler, a Grey Wagtail flew along Hensborough Bank. Raptors included a Kestrel and five Buzzards.
Robin; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Wren; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Pied Wagtail; LBB Gull; Magpie; GBB Gull; Meadow Pipit; Blackbird; Dunlin; Ringed Plover; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Chiffchaff; Linnet; Rock Pipit; Rook; Teal; Jackdaw; Dabchick; Green Woodpecker; Ruff; Shoveler; Pochard; Kestrel; Moorhen; Gadwall; Blue Tit; Skylark; Pheasant; Buzzard; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Wagtail; House Sparrow; Swallow.