Seaton Wetlands - Wednesday Evening 21 July

What a difference a few weeks can make!
The Group at Seaton Wetlands - Credit Jane Baker
The Group at Seaton Wetlands - Credit Jane Baker
The club Wednesday evening visit to Seaton Wetlands was hot, sunny and dry and was a very welcome change from the thorough soaking we had had at Bystock Pools on the previous outing. There were fourteen of us on this occasion but the Wetlands area is quite large and we went our separate ways in small groups to explore the wonderful hides, boardwalks and footpaths in search of something interesting to shoot – photographically speaking of course. A small group set up residence for the entire two and a half hours in Island Hide surrounded on all sides by water, and watched the herons eating frogs and eels. Other groups took a more varied approach looking for any nature photography opportunities from birds to wild flowers and insects; the multitude of red soldier beetles appeared to be the most common local species followed closely by a large gaggle of domesticated ducks that seemed to be over reliant on handouts from the locals and expected us to oblige too. The evening was rounded off for some of us by a visit to the Wheelwright Inn in Colyford for some liquid refreshments. Overall it was a very pleasant occasion and another chance to catch up with good friends as well as to get to know the newer members. We are all looking forward to the next outing.

Mike Hawkridge ARPS FIAP