Over the last few days Dean has been making changes to the feeding station outside the visitor centre. No equipment lasts for ever so out with the old, and in with new posts from which to hang the feeders. He didn't really need help but he did have supervision.
Brian was watching from the visitor centre and Limpy, the vixen, was ensuring that there would still be the odd scrap for her. As Dave said in his last blog wildlife can get used to our presence, and if we are not seen as a threat will tolerate us. Limpy certainly lets us get very close but she is still a wild animal and we have to be careful not to encourage her to come too near.
Dean has also placed several branches overhanging the water near the visitor centre and Wildlife Watchpoint hide to encourage Kingfishers to perch - and this has been successful. Now they can be seen from Watchpoint hide, and from the cafe and visitor centre windows. They are unmistakable with the bright blue and orange but easily overlooked in poor light so if a small bird is perched over water have a good look.
Thanks to Brian D. for the photo.