Recently, I decided to visit Fleet Pond for a walk with my camera. I arrived, started wandering along the footpath, raised my camera to take a shot and realised there was no memory card in there, so I went home (yep, I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to walk without a camera).
Yesterday I decided to try again. it’s just down the road from me, it’s a nature reserve I’ve not visited before and I did actually want some exercise as well.
So I start wandering, initially in completely the opposite direction to the pond – signposts are needed here people.
Having spotted a green woodpecker, I am darting about taking shot after shot as he flies around, before I realise I have left my camera on the settings they were on when I was shooting the moon the other day and all my photos are black.
Well mostly black anyway, so this is about the only salvageable photo of my green woodpecker yesterday morning and I was getting the feeling that decent photographic trips to Fleet Pond were not going to be happening for me.
Blackbirds have whiskers … can you see them?
Wrens are fast little buggers and have a load mouth for such a little bird (failed miserably to snap one of these).
There is actually a car park at Fleet Pond, it’s just that on both occasions I have visited there, I failed to find it.
And then there were the obligatory ducks, swans, Canada geese, coots, terns and moorhens.
Well yesterday I stopped in my tracks because there was a long-lens guy approaching from the right, tracking something on the floor and I a) didn’t want to get in his way and b) didn’t want to frighten off whatever it was that he was tracking. It turned out to be a wren.
Rather than running away in shame at my small lens, I decided to speak to him. Turns out he is using an extender on his camera that is a much cheaper option than a huge lens and he gave me a few tips about what to look for an also about the type of birds you can find at Fleet Pond and where abouts they are.
Very friendly man.
I also read all the information boards around the lake. The countryside in general (at least the bits I have visited) seems to be undergoing a lot of maintenance at the moment: Attenborough Nature Reserve and Clumber Park last weekend, Yateley Common and Fleet Pond this weekend.
It’s obviously the right time of year but there is a huge amount going on and I would like to find out a bit more about wildlife and habitat conservation cos, to me, it just looks like loads of stuff is being chopped down.
The boards at Fleet Pond were quite informative though.
I quite like it.
All in all my visit to Fleet Pond wasn’t a complete disaster – although it is a shame about the woodpecker shots and my complete inability to capture a wren.
It is somewhere I can see myself visiting time and time again and I did learn something.
Also, the GPS on my walking app worked all the way around and told me it had been a three-mile stroll. Very pleasant.