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4th May 2019 – Goldcliff Lagoons, Newport Wetlands

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There was a sharp wind but it remained sunny for our visit to Goldcliff Lagoons on Newport Wetlands on the other side of the Severn Estuary from Bristol. The highlight of the visit were the avocets but there were also lots of Greylag and Canada geese with their goslings. There was a report of a glossy ibis but we didn’t see it. I took lots of photos but only ended up editing a few as most of the birds were too far away for my lens.

DSCF2222Greylag goose

DSCF2229Canada goose

DSCF2215Gadwall

DSCF2169Black-tailed godwits

DSCF2101Lapwing with oystercatcher and a redshank

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3rd May 2019 – Eastville Park

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It was a lovely morning in Eastville Park where it was generally warm and occasionally sunny. There was lots of bird activity too with the best being several views of a  female kingfisher, mute swans mating and the first of the Canada Geese goslings. There were still no ducklings though. You could also just make out a tawny owl in a nest box on the kingfisher island.

IMG_5425The trees are quite magnificent

DSCF1639If you look closely you can see a tawny owl

DSCF1592The first “babies” I’ve seen in the park this year – Canada geese goslings

DSCF1601I was assured this pike in the lake could probably eat one of the goslings in a mouthful

DSCF1607Mute swans mating (although only the male is above water)

DSCF1608Emerging from the water

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DSCF1613… and a tender kiss

DSCF1654A wary mum with her goslings

DSCF1664Close up of the goslings

DSCF1767Female kingfisher

DSCF1799Robin

DSCF1831Grey heron on the cricket nets

DSCF1854Grey heron

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The flora was  quite spectacular too.

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