This morning I rose before the sun and treated myself to a stroll around Ferry lagoon. The scenery was breathtaking as the sun rose through the mist to the sounds of whistling wigeon which were already busily grazing the wet grassland and lake edge. Mute swans appeared majestically along the river Ouse and a group of long-tailed tits gave great views as they became active again after a bitterly cold night. However, the real highlight was watching the ghostly figure of a barn owl hunting in this beautiful mist coated landscape, a moment which will stay with me for a while.

Currently there is a lot to see, with at least 83 species of bird having been recorded using the reserve this year (and its only January the 18th).

So why not wrap up warm and head on down in search of displaying goldeneye, hunting owls and oh so much more.

Photo credit: Luke Wake