Sunrise at the Floodplain Forest

Sunrise at the floodplain Forest
Sunrise at the floodplain Forest

Pink, Orange light spread out over the still frozen Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve; Golden tendrils from the sunrise, spreading out across the flooded waters, highlighting the browns of winter. Behind me the sky was on fire over the farm buildings.

Sunrise over Old Wolverton cottages
Sunrise over Old Wolverton cottages

Sunrise at the Floodplain Forest

I’d made an early start on my patch walk today, released from the duty of looking after our puppy for a few hours (he’ll feature a lot in the future on these pages I’m sure – in fact as I try to write this I am struggling to do so with him lying on my lap, a laptop and a lap dog – he’s a Labrador and in no way a lap dog – don’t mix too well).

As I wandered through the reserve, the number of teal has noticeably risen, and their piping call echoed about the now bare mud. It was joined in the soundscape of winter on the nature reserve by occasional loud crashes as sheets of ice crashed down into the spaces left by the receding flood waters.

Young Mute Swan in Flight
Young Mute Swan in Flight

The cold made the day one for sitting inside hides, rather than wandering the rubber paths, the light not allowing for much unstabilised photography as well. And with that in mind I spent much of my time photographing the local ducks and Egrets as they visited the Viaduct hide.

Mallard
Mallard
Little Egret
Little Egret
Wigeon
Wigeon

Sorry this is a late posting due to family commitments this afternoon so this will mainly be photos from here on.

Bird Photos

Egret and Swan
Egret and Swan
Cormorant coming in to land
Cormorant coming in to land
Appearing to hover - Cormorant
Appearing to hover – Cormorant
Crashing down - Cormorant
Crashing down – Cormorant
Wading Little Egret
Wading Little Egret
Little Egret in Flight
Little Egret in Flight
Wings Forward - Mallard flapping
Wings Forward – Mallard flapping
Mallard mid Flap
Mallard mid Flap
Island Egret - Little Egret stood on island, surrounded by gulls
Island Egret
Black-headed Gull landing
Black-headed Gull landing
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard swimming (male and female)
Mallard swimming (male and female)
Cormorant in tree
Cormorant in tree
Buzzard in Flight
Buzzard in Flight

Landscapes

Stilt Pits
Stilt Pits
A Swollen River Ouse
A Swollen River Ouse

Experimental

Coot Head Shake
Coot Head Shake

Panoramic’s from the Day

A few panoramas of the Floodplain Forest NR, the middle one at Sunrise.

From the River - views over the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
From the River
Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve at Sunrise (sun is over my shoulder)
Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve at Sunrise (sun is over my shoulder)
Holy Trinity Church from the Ouse Valley
Holy Trinity Church from the Ouse Valley

Holy Trinity Church

Just a few images from different angles of the church at Old Wolverton.

Cardiac Hill, the path to Holy Trinity Church
Cardiac Hill, the path to Holy Trinity Church
Through the Trees - Holy Trinity Church
Through the Trees
A view to the Front Door - Holy Trinity church
A view to the Front Door

Other Photos

A Frozen Canal
A Frozen Canal
Golden Sunrise on the Grand Union Canal Old Wolverton
Golden Sunrise on the Grand Union Canal
Sunrise over Manor Farm Fields Old Wolverton
Sunrise over Manor Farm Fields
Manor Farm buildings at Sunrise
Manor Farm buildings at Sunrise
No trip is complete without a Konik Pony photo - Konik Pony eating grass, beside path
No trip is complete without a Konik Pony photo
sunrise at the floodplain forest - a nature walk around a Milton Keynes nature reserve

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