Sunday 9th December 2012

   Slimbridge WWT. Thought it was a good easy choice just to get some photos. sadly, not long after i got to the hide, the sky clouded over. Oh well, im here now, lets give it a go. The fields in front of the Robbie Garnett hide were flooded, but there were loads of birds. Ducks included Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Mallard. There were Mute and a few Bewicks Swans. Also there were plenty of waders feeding, Dunlin, Redshanks, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwits, Golden Plover and Curlews. Trying to get flight photos is not easy in failing light, and it only got worse.

Black-tailed Godwits
Lapwings (and a Dunlin)
     Decided to go to the South Lake and search there. When i got there, there was very little there, but soon all the waders started to arrive from the surrounding fields. Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks and a Dunlin. Then i spotted the long staying, Long-billed Dowitcher flying in, as usual it landed as far away as possible from the hide! It did get closer a bit later, but by then the light had gone, but all in all, not too bad an afternoon.

Bewicks Swan

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