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29th December 2019 – WWT Slimbridge

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It’s almost a tradition for us to go to Slimbridge at this time of year: it’s definitely worth it even if you only go to the hides and don’t visit all the exotic wildfowl in the pens (which isn’t really our cup of tea anyway).

The stars were the whooper, Bewick’s and mute swans in flight. although pintails and the water rail were a close second. Its always good to see teal, wigeon and redshank close up too.

DSC07706Bewick’s swans

DSC07780Mute swan

DSC07794Mute swan

DSC07829Whooper swan

DSC07851Amourous shelduck

DSC07909Male pintail

DSC07919Female pintail

DSC07958Lapwing

DSC07964Redshank

DSC08003Greylag goose

DSC08057Teal

DSC08067Blackbird

DSC08095Lapwing

DSC08130Wigeon

DSC08165Greylag goose

DSC08390Waterrail

DSC08399Robin

DSC08409Bluetit

DSC08772Tufted duck

I have mixed feelings about the bust up between the whooper/Bewick swans; in the end it was probably no worse than the stand-offs seen by rugby players in most matches these days. However, it did remind me of the infamous “99” call made by the England rugby team v Australia in 1975 with an element of pre-meditation.

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