Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Sunny Slimbridge


Date: 29/12/2014
Location: Slimbridge WWT




Observation:

                    Started on this frosty morning, took 25 mins to defrost van !! -6.5 bit chilly but sun shining bright. Got to Slimbridge around 10ish car park filling up already ! 

Headed round to Rushy Hide but all full with very big lenses so headed down to Willow Hide for Water Rail, the most photographed Water Rail in the world was out on ice, showing great .


Got a few shots in the sunshine and looked good.


Looked in to other hides but ice on most waters meant ducks and waders numbers were low. Tried Rushy again same lenses still full !

Had a look for Bittern at Kingfisher Hide but not seen today, a small group of Long Tailed Tits did show nice.


South Lake for a cup of soup then back round to Rushy really wanna photograph Bewick's this the best hide for that, but still full same lenses must be 2/3 hours ! We pushed in a bit got a few tight flight shots.


Headed back to Willow, Water Rail still putting on a show light starting to shadow now, a Reed Bunting and Bullfinch spotted here also and our first every Bank Vole.



Another from the (great) Willow Hide 



On way back everyone was leaving Rushy thought great! Time for flight shots got in to now empty hide looked out windows around 5 Bewicks left pretty bare but all in all a great day !
Species Count - 28 Wild Birds


Weather: -6.5 to start day but sunshine all day! 
Other Species: Water Rail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Bewick Swans, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, Black Tailed Godwits, Teal - Another 20+ Species Wild


Thanks for Looking !