Yesterday I went to Hilfield Park Reservoir to try out the public viewing platform. As has been stated recently, HMWT have carried out a lot of work to remove the trees in front of the platform which now affords commanding uninterrupted views across the southern half of the reservoir.
From this elevated position with a scope I could easily see birds hugging the far bank and southern reed beds with all the usual suspects - Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Coot etc.
It then started to snow and I was just about to leave when an absolutely cracking BLACK-NECKED GREBE appeared in flat calm water just 10 yards off the shore in front of the platform. Definitely one of those "If only I had a camera moments".
The northern half of the reservoir is currently obscured by waterside trees along the eastern bank and HMWT plan to continue removing some of these trees over the next couple of years to gradually expand the view to cover most of the reservoir (Alan Reynolds)