Wildlife Survival & Preservation

Monday 15th October

The heron is back, establishing his fishing right at the inlet stream, where fish are clearly visible, unable to get back upstream fast enough and equally unable to get through the gap into the lake, which is in any event, virtually devoid of water.  In other words, they are well and truly trapped.  And the heron is exploiting the situation with great enthusiasm.
During a conversation with several of the excavator drivers, this morning, I commented on the fact that I had not seen any large fish, either grounded or swimming freely in small pools of water.   They explained that when they see fish, of any appreciable size in such situations, they have been rescuing them and transferring them in buckets of fresh water further downstream, where they can make their way into the River Nene.  It is apparent that every effort is being made to ensure that so far as the wildlife is concerned, nothing is overlooked.  Commendable, indeed.

Wednesday 17th October
A very camera shy young female who was only photographed today, because I hid behind a tree for 20 minutes and waited for her to drift into position.  In my opinion, very well worth the wait.  She is, without doubt, a very photogenic mallard :-)   There wasn’t a great deal going on with the dredging work today, as the lake was flooded again following the heavy overnight rain.  So, it was a wildlife day today.

Thursday 18th October
There has been no-one on site today; the lake is flooded again, following further heavy rain during the night so, the sole contributor today is the heron.  Once more fishing in the feeder stream to the lake.
and further up, under cover.
He took seven or eight small fish during the 10 minutes that I observed him, before he took flight and headed back toward the river