RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire, 16th February 2019

10th March 2019
Written by: Rob Slusar

It’s been a slow start to 2019 for me. I haven’t been out much as work and the weather has got in the way. I am trying to change that.

I have managed to get out some more and put together some information for future reports. However, let’s start with a short local bird watching trip I took last month.

RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes

The site of Fen Drayton Lakes is a series of lakes, lagoons and pools that has been under the care of the RSPB since about 1992. It started life as a gravel and sand quarry but was allowed to fill naturally when the extraction ended. Now we are treated to a variety of wild water-based birds just a short journey from my house. Some of the birds that can be seen include cranes, egrets, various heron types as well as a number of birds of prey.

The Photos

Typically, on the day that I went, none of the egrets or cranes etc were in attendance so I was mainly treated to more common species of birds.

You might remember that I went here a couple of years ago, I wasn’t overly happy with my photos. Whilst I like wildlife, I often feel like I struggle with wildlife photography. I don’t seem to have the knowledge of how animals act, where they tend to congregate, and more importantly, I don’t have the patience. It is something I am aiming to improve on, and this casual wander around in the crisp winter/spring air allowed to try out some things.

So here are some photographs of various birds. I hope you enjoy them.




Tufted Ducks.

Blue Tit & Green Finch.

Great Tit.

Blue Tit.

Blue Tit.

Blue Tit.

Green Finch.

Final Thoughts

I have a great respect for nature photographers. The skills, knowledge and patience needed to be good at it is remarkable. I am determined to improve my nature photography, especially given there are some members of my photo club who are excellent nature shooters.

Fen Drayton Lakes is a great little reserve. It doesn’t have many feeding stations, but it is free and you could spend a good few hours wandering here and enjoying nature. It is easy to get to along the guided bus route (it has its own stop), so if you are looking for a walk check it out.

Thanks for looking.