Venus Pool Nature Reserve     - Photographs by Maurice Baker          HOME                   NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)  

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Venus Pool - viewed from the main public hide

Venus Pool

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Venus Pool nature reserve, owned by the Shropshire Ornithological Society, is approximately six mile south of Shrewsbury in Shropshire on the A458 just past Cross Houses.
The pool, islands and scrapes were formed from old gravel workings to give a range of habitats for as many species of birds as possible including all year residents, winter visitors and passing migrants 
The site also includes hay meadows, arable land, a marsh area and a shallow canal and path for butterflies and dragonflies.
The facilities include a car park and a disabled area on site and five hides. Two of the hides are open to the public, one overlooks the pool and the second one, a feeding station is set in willow scrub.
For more information visit  www.shropshirebirds.com  

                                                                                                                                                                     

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22.04.11                                                          Bar-headed Goose                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Bar-headed Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.05.10                                                       Black-headed Gull                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Black-headed gull collecting nest material at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.10.09                       Black-tailed Godwit                              NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Black-tailed Godwit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06.08.09                                         Black Swan                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Black Swan at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.01.11                                         Brambling                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Male Brambling at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.04.11                                         Brent Goose                                         NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Brent Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.10.09                                           Buzzard                                                      NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Buzzard at venus Pool-

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02.03.09                                       Canada Geese                                       NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Pair of Canada Geese at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.06.10                                            Chiffchaff                                                  NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Juvenile chiffchaff

  Canon 50D , Canon 500mm f4 +1.4X   -   1/250 - f6.31  - ISO 1000       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.04.10                                     Common Sandpiper                                    NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Common Sandpiper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07.03.10                                                  Coot                                             NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Coot at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.06.09                                         Cormorant                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Juvenile Cormorant at Venus Pool

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.03.11                                             Curlew                                                        NEXT.jpg (915 bytes) 

Curlew

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.04.10                                           Dunlin                                                 NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Dunlin at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.10.09                                              Dunnock                                         NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)  

Dunnock at Venus Pool

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.08.11                                        Egyption Goose                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Juve4nile Egyption Goose

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.11.09                                           Fieldfare                                                    NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Fieldfare at Venus Pool

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.03.11                                           Gadwall                                                    NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Male and female Gadwall

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.03.10                                    Golden Plover                                             NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Golden Plover at Venus Pool

                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.08.09                                          Goldfinch                                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Goldfinch at Venus pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.06.09                  Great Crested Grebe with small fish at Venus Pool                         NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Great Crested Grebeat Venus Pool

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20.07.09                      Great Spotted Woodpecker   at feeding station                        NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at feeding station - Venus pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03.08.09                                     Green Sandpiper                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Green Sandpiper feeding at Venus Pool

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.09.09                                     Green Woodpecker                                   NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Green Woodpecker at Venus Pool                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09.08.11                                     Greenshank                                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Greenshank at Venus Pool                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04.06.10                                                    Grey Heron                                                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Grey Heron at Venus Pool

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.08.09                                             Greylag Geese                                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Greylag Geese at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01.10.09                                           Hobby                                                    NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Hobby at Venus Pool

Record purposes only  -    very long distance shot !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.06.09                                Jackdaw at Venus Pool                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Jackdaw at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08.10.09                                              Kestrel                                                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)
Kestrel at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05.07.09                                                 Kingfisher                                                         NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Kingfisher at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.05.09                                      Lapwing at Venus Pool                                           NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Lapwing at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.09.09                             Lesser Black-backed Gull                             NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Venus Pool      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.07.09                                      Little Egret                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Little Egret at Venus |Pool             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.02.10                                            Little Grebe                                        NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Little Grebe - Venus Pool      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05.05.09                    Little Ringed Plover at Venus Pool                              NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Little Ringed Plover at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.11.09                                           Mallard                                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Mallard at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  15.11.09                                      Meadow Pipit                                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Meadow Pipit at Venus Pool

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08.07.09                                     Moorhen  at Venus Pool                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Moorhen with young at Venus Pool

                                                Canon EOS 50D , Canon EF 500mm f4 IS USM   -   1/320 - f 5.6  - ISO 100                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03.07.09                                            Mute Swan Venus Pool                                   NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Mute Swan with sygnets at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.04.10                                         Osprey                                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Osprey at Venus Pool

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01.05.09                                  Oystercatcher at Venus Pool                                                       NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Oystercatcher at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.09.09                                    Peregrine Falcon                                      NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Peregrin Falcon flying over Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.09.09                                              Pheasant                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Pheasant at Venus Pool

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.11.09                                       Pied Wagtail                                           NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Pied Wagtail at Venus Pool      

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.01.10                                              Pintail                                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Male Pintails at Venus Pool

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08.05.09                                          Pochard                                                 NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Male Pochard at Venus Pool

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.11.09                                             Redwing                                                 NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Redwing at Venus Pool

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.11.09                                         Reed Bunting                                      NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Reed Bunting at Venus pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02.07.10                                        Reed Warbler                                      NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.05.10                                      Ringed Plover                                           NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Ringed Plover at Venus Pool

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.06.09                                                     Rook                                                                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes) Rook at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04.08.11                                                          Ruff                                                                         NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Ruff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.03.10                                             Scaup                                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Female Scaup

                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.05.09                                        Sedge Warbler at Venus Pool                                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Sedge Warbler at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08.05.09                                         Shelduck                                                      NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Shelduck at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.09.09                                    Shoveler Ducks                                                 NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Pair of Shoveler ducks at Venus Pool

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.09.09                                                Snipe                                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Snipe at Venus pool

                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08.03.10                                      Song Thrush                                               NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Song Thrush

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.08.11                                    Spotted Redshank                                        NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Spotted Redshank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.08.09                                            Swallow                                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Swallow in flight at Venus Pool

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04.05.10                                               Swift                                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Swift at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.10.09                                           Teal                                                     NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Male Teal at venus Pool      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.03.10                                     Tree Sparrow                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Tree Sparrow at Venus Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06.044.10                                                  Tufted Ducks                                                NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Tufted Ducks at Venus Pool 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04.08.11                                                    Turnstone                                                       NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Turnstone 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   14.01.11                              White-fronted Goose  (Eurasian race)                                    NEXT.jpg (9795 bytes)

White-fronted Goose

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.10.09                                 Whooper Swan                                           NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Whooper Swan at venus pool

                                             Canon 50D , Canon 500mm f4 ,     1/3200 , f 5  , ISO 400                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.02.10                                               Wigoen                                            NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Wigeon at Venus Pool

                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.09.10                                         Woodpigeon                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

Woodpigeon      

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 11.05.10                                               Wren                                                       NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)

 Wren at Venus Pool

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 20.04.10                                  Yellow Wagtail                                                          NEXT.jpg (915 bytes)   

Yellow Wagtail at Venus Pool

                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 7.10.10                                       Yellowhammer                                                     

Male Yellowhammer

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