Abberton Resevoir

These pictures are from a visit to Abberton Resevoir a couple of weeks ago. Apologies for the quality of some but the distance and cropping compromises the 35mm to 135mm lens I have at the moment. I do believe and hope that MrsT has had a delivery from Wex Photo in time for Xmas and a new lens will be in a sack rather than a stocking?

There were thousands of ducks about but we couldn't spot the Ring Necked Duck but did manage a very distant view of the Little Auk thanks to someone with a scope and a couple of Scaup.

Quite a few Pochard about.

Which way, which way... where'd it go?

Straight ahead, don't loose sight.....

There were about 30+ Goosanders about, mainly keeping in a group, but further away so really pushing my max 135mm zoom. Come on Xmas

A good number of Goldeneye about but distant

At the further causeway the usual suspects expecting to be feed.

Then it was time for the visitor centre and a hot tea (the coffee is awful) to watch a Moorhen climb a bush to get to a feeder.


  • Nice selection of waders Tony, you will be spoilt for choice if you have a new lens from Father Xmas with all those birds lining up for photos, love the Moorhen climbing the hedge to get a feed.

    Lot to learn

  • Love the Gulls and Geese queuing to be fed. And we love Abberton--a wonderful place, although we've never tried the coffee!

    Kind regards, 


  • Lol @ "sack rather than stocking" … hoping for a big one then Tony? (aren't we all!!)
    Nice selection, and thanks for the coffee warning in case we're ever that way :o)
  • I've heard good things about Abberton but never been there. Judging by the variety of water birds it lives up to expectations.
    New lens eh. This is a situation where size really does matter.



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  • Very nice set of species and photos Tony, love the cheeky Moorhen trying to reach the feeder; hope you enjoy your new Chrissie prezzie when it arrives and look forward to your next posts.


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • It should also be noted that the last few times we've been to Abberton the food was lovely, both the lunches and snacks with a cuppa in the late afternoon. But as noted above, we did not try the coffee!

    Kind regards, 


  • Good luck with Father Christmas and his big sack!
    Until then, you've caught some good stuff on your current lens. I always like to welcome back the Goosander, Pochard and Goldeneye that make Winter more enjoyable.


    Nige   Flickr

  • Thanks all for your comments, it is a very good site for birding with the EWT reserve area with cafe & loos and then two causeway roads to to view across the water. As well as the birds I posted there were thousands of Tuffties, hundreds of Shoveller, Gadwall, Coot, Grebes, Mallard, Smew, Egyptian Geese, Egrets(L&GW), Heron etc.
    As to Xmas I'm hoping for a MkII 100mm-400mm zoom, fingers crossed, thought about a bigger fixed lens PB but decided the size and weight was too much to carry these days, never mind bins and occasional scope, the MKII 100-400 fits my size requirement.
    Agree about the food Gardenbirder, it has improved but still stick to tea. The Moorhen on the bush kept us entertained for quite awhile, its fascinating how birds learn new tricks.


  • Best of luck receiving the Christmas pressie you'd like, Tony.

    Kind regards, 


  • In reply to Gardenbirder:

    Thanks Ann, next time I visit Abberton I'll wear a red rose to ID myself and if you are there we can say hello!! Haha