Following a twitter tip-off we managed to bag a “first” on our Sunday morning walk in our local park when we saw a water rail. There wasn’t much else around except for a female kingfisher. But hey ho who’s complaining.
Water Rail in normal lurking mode.
But then it started to show off.
Female kingfisher showing the orange on its lower mandible
Short video of kingfisher
Boating seems to have returned to the lake
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It may have been a very challenging day with poor light for photography but there is so much to see (and much of it very close up) that it’s always a delight to visit WWT Slimbridge.
The highlights for me were the constant action of Bewick Swans approaching on their flightpaths, the cranes out on the wetlands, the shear number of waders out on the wetlands and the opportunity to see close up so many exotic wild fowl from all around the world in the well constructed pools.
Bewick swan landing
Crane in flight
Shelduck in flight
The joy of the chase – a lapwing hounded by black-headed gulls
A riot of gulls
Mandarin ducks can be found in the wild too
You don’t normally get this close to a ruff
…or see the sweeping action of avocets so close
Some very exotic birds
…and some very common ones too – blue tits (and great tits) start singing again in January
Some very fierce looking birds
… and some sweet looking ones (such as this goldeneye)
Wigeon in flight
… and flamingos which aren’t going anywhere
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