Waltons Sunset

Sunset - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1179

Sunset – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1179

A cormorant flies passed the Tor View hide on RSPB Ham Wall.  This hide is set in the centre of Waltons Heath and today it seemed like the perfect spot to watch the starlings return to their roost.

The Sunset

While waiting to watch the starlings this sunset appeared.  An orange glow shining up from below the horizon.  I imagined it coming from a distant volcano.

It was a cold day, close to zero, and a chill wind was blowing.  A small group of ducks sheltered in a cove between the reedbeds.

Sunset - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1186

Sunset – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1186

A few starlings appeared.  All together about twenty arrived.  That was it, all the other starlings went somewhere else.

Sunset - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1178

Sunset – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1178

The flock is still small, and the roost is split between Stileway and Loxtons.  Not the best day to go watching starlings, but a great place to watch a sunset from the shelter of a bird watching hide.

And Finally…

It was getting late and as the volcano dimmed, and the skies darkened it was time to walk home.

Sunset - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1198

Sunset – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1198

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