Thursday, 26 February 2009

Blown Away!

Tired Pink-footed Goose (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Pink-footed Goose with attitude (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Oystercatcher finding a snack (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Going for it! (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Really Going for it! (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Record shot of Goldeneye (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Record shot of Goldeneye displaying [plus Tufted Ducks] (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson

I wish I could say I was blown away by the wildlife today, but sadly it was the wind! We didn't stay round the mere too long, but that gave us the best photo opportunities. The class had already started by the time I'd got there, as they'd been looking through their bird books perplexed by two tired geese sat on the shore. They did very well really, as we've never seen this species at such close quarters before. They went for Bean Goose, but I was able to show why these are Pink-footed. Perhaps they were exhausted, and stopped off on migration, because when we returned about noon they'd gone. We had displaying Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Wigeon, Heron, Cormorant; and then were able to add several Great-Spotted Woodpeckers around the Wassand Estate. There was a fine display of Snowdrops & Aconites, but no Jays or rarities!

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