Far Ings Nature Reserve, Barton, North Lincolnshire

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Male Goldeneye
Last Saturday dawned fine and bright and confirmed our decision to visit Far Ings Nature reserve just by the Humber Bridge. This is a reserve of lakes and reedbeds left from old claypits from the brick and tile industry. Nearbye is the Ropewalk which is now a craft shop and art gallery with an excellent restaurant/coffee shop. Well worth a visit.

Far Ings is famous for its water birds especially bittern which afford regular sightings (although not by me) and can often be heard booming. The reserve also holds marsh harriers which are exciting.

We had a very pleasant day both at the reserve and the Ropewalk. Notable birds were goldeneye which were displaying nicely, shoveler, goosander and a male smew which we didn't manage to find. Some of the best images are displayed in latest images.