There are several hides around the Reserve. This is the view from the first one. I enjoyed watching the Sand Martins and Swallows zooming and swooping high and low over the water and reeds. The air was alive with the buzzing sounds of the Martins and the chitterings of the Swallows.
A Cormorant came in to land. The shots aren't great but I loved the way his landing gear came down prior to skidding onto the water! (-:
Having left the first hide, I walked along the path between the two droves that cross the Reserve. It was quite a muddy crossing but do-able.
On the left in the photo above, you can see the water is high and almost crossing the path. As I walked along this stretch the reflections of the pathside trees on the still water produced some amazing zigzag patterns.
Further along this path I came across a lovely bird sculpture which must have been done since I was last there. I have to confess, I've not been to Westhay for a over a year! (-:
Before getting to the far drove, there's a loop walk with a blind halfway along. I got a lovely view from here over part of the reserve. I could hear a Bittern booming and my first cuckoo of the year.
There had been some maintenance done recently with some reed cutting and in the cut area were a couple of Greylag Geese. They were aware of me viewing from the blind but seemed quite a ease, doing a swim by at one point.
There'll be more from Westhay and the Levels in my next post.