Red Kites and Watercress

One of the Chiltern's Red Kites.
One of the Chiltern’s Red Kites. A magnificent bird but unfortunately on this occasion the bright overcast conditions doesn’t make for a great photograph.
Watercress Beds at Ewelme.
Watercress Beds at Ewelme.
Watercress in the crystal clear water of Ewelme Brook
Looking rather leggy the Watercress is no longer grown for market and the beds are now managed as a local nature reserve. Surprisingly the beds were abandoned in 1988 due to a decline in water quality.
Watercress Beds
The crystal clear water of Ewelme Brook. Presumably the decline in quality was due to run off from the adjacent road.
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Unfortunately we didn’t see any Water Voles however plenty of Blackcaps, Grey Wagtails, Brimstone and Peacock Butterflies.