Sunday 22nd December 2013

   A trip to Slimbridge WWT today, so at least i can be in the hides when the crappy rain hits!!!!! There were a lot of Ducks and Waders on the flooded fields. Pintail, Wigeon, Teal were there in their hundreds, there were lots of Lapwing and Golden Plover, both were estimated at about 3,000, amazing sight when they all went up! There were also quite a few Dunlin and Redshank, and i had at least 2 Ruff. In the same field there were about 30 or 40 Bewicks Swans, and unto a dozen White-fronted Geese, along with the usual Greylags. Then onto the Holden Tower, and on the Dumbles there were similar birds, alongside Barnacle Geese, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Peregrine. Then i picked out a Common Crane too, while there another 3 flew in, and they joined together and flew towards the Zeiss hide area. The rain came down extremely heavy while we were there!!! So heavy at times you couldn't see out of the windows. So obviously we waited until it stopped!

Pintail (Drake)
   When it finally stopped, the sun came out....different! We went back to the Robbie Garnett hide, and i did finally manage some photos. While there one of the Common Cranes flew in and landed nearby. Not a bad day in the end i suppose.....

Common Crane

Pintail (Duck)

Pintail (Pair)


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