I was on the reserve just as the dawn sky was beginning to brighten and look quite beautiful in it's various colours. Here see the sky behind farm buildings in the distance.
Gradually getting lighter
The sea wall fleet in the dawn light, looks like a lot of water but only a few inches deep now.
The sky continues to brighten as the sun climbs.
and at last the sun appears on the horizon.
I reach the sea wall top and look along the saltings for any wildfowlers, ah yes, there's one easily spotted, why don't they use camouflage netting of a lighter colour?
Anyway, after we all had a jovial chat they all made their way back along the sea wall in the dawn light.
Here Ellie has her eyes fixed firmly on a rabbit that was several yards in front of her and is poised to strike.
This the end of what is normally our largest and longest fleet, now showing the results of our continuing drought.
As is this ditch, reduced to a shallow puddle at one end. In the winter this will be full of water to the top of the bare soil on the bank side, meaning it is around four foot lower than normal in winter, that's a lot of rain needed.
Cattle at the calf feeder bins, notice how yellow the grazing marsh is.
Mother and son. In a few weeks time all the calves will be taken away from their mothers to be weaned off.
Midge and Ellie.
Discing on the farm field alongside the reserve, ready to sow winter corn. Notice the dust rising from the bone dry soil. And below that, a field of bulls in their winter quarters, 25 in all. Once again note the parched grazing.