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29th April 2018 – WWT Slimbridge

I remember going to Slimbridge when I was a child and not being terribly impressed; how we change as we get old! Now I always enjoy a trip here and love the duality of it: the serious birdwatching opportunities from the excellent hides and the close-up opportunities of seeing wildfowl from all around the world in the pens. I also love seeing how much children enjoy being there.

We had less than two hours on a very cold morning but had lots to see and it was lots of fun. The best from the hides were common cranes looking to prepare a nest, avocets everywhere, my first sight of ducklings this year and some coot (or cute) chicks.

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DSC04340Common crane

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DSC04388First ducklings of the year

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In the pens, despite the cold, the black-winged stilts were showing that spring is on the way.

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DSC04566Black-winged stilts

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DSC04626Great close-up views of waders: redshank, knot and avocets

There are still Bewick swans to be seen.

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And some of my favourites:

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DSC04738Female smew

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And lots of fun for children:

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