I read yesterday there was a Great White Egret at Conningbrook Lakes so this morning, rather than take a somewhat boggy walk over the fields I decided to drive the one mile around to the main entrance, it was my lucky day!

Great White Egret and Heron Conningbrook Lakes
The Great White Egret and Heron

Not only did I instantly see Great White but it was resting no more than three meters away from a Heron. Although this would I have no doubt not be uncommon, it made for a nice photo composition.
Pity was I would have to walk past the spot sooner or later (either I would or a dog walker would), so as soon as I was about 50 meters away they both flew off to the furthest most point of the main lake.

Greylag and Canada Geese   Female Chaffinch
A mixture of Greylag and Canada Geese – Female Chaffinch

Tufted Ducks male female    A rogue White Goose with Grelags
Four Tufted Ducks – female Chaffinch

In fact, today was just about the busiest I’ve seen it there this winter; I would estimate 300 Greylag Geese, 50 Canada Geese all mixing well with the usual Coots, Wigeon, Gadwalls, Mallards and Tufted Ducks.

Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit on Riverbank

Small bird wise, some 20 Goldfinches were alongside the entrance drive, 30 or more Chaffinches in an area where they’ve just efficiently cut back some of the Reeds, a few Goldcrests and a large number of Long Tailed Tits were flitting around almost all parts of the Lakes.
Surprisingly, there was nothing on the Eco Lake.

Greylags walking to lake
One’s jumping the Queue !!

The Kent Wildlife Trust along with Connington Lakes have been doing some grand work clearing some of the Reeds and bush over the last few weeks, all great to see and have no ending opportunities for Spring and Summer bringing in more Birds, Butterflies, Reptiles and more.

Leave a Reply