Monday, 26 January 2015
I last ticked Common Crane back in 2012, so I was keen to touch base with this fantastic bird. I was not to be disappointed, with seven magnificent Cranes on the Tack Piece! Their bugle like calls are so atmospheric and raised the spirits on a darkening day.
I am starting to become a "man of few words"! This part two of my Slimbridge posts are images of some of my favourite ducks from "the wild side"!
Drake Tufted Duck
An excellent day was spent at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in the company of members of the RSPB Coventry & Warwickshire group. It was my first "birding" visit to this excellent reserve, previous visits were more concentrated on the "captive" area, when Abigail was still in her pushchair! I was well impressed with the "wild" areas, amassing sixty four bird species with c twenty year ticks!
Bewicks Swan Portraits
Couldn't resist these Scaup, but unable to tick!
Mute Swan; Bewicks Swan; White Fronted Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Barnacle Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Gadwall; Pintail; Shoveler; Wigeon; Teal; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Marsh Harrier; Buzzard; Sparrowhawk; Peregrine; Water Rail; Moorhen; Coot; Crane; Oystercatcher; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Dunlin; Little Stint; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Ruff; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Song Thrush; Fieldfare; Blackbird; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Raven; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting.