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28th December 2021 – WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

We were beginning to get cabin fever after a day or so of rain and so this afternoon we took a chance and drove half an hour up the road to Slimbridge to get a bit of exercise and some air. We were so lucky as the rain stopped and the sun shone for an hour.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many birds in one place. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop being able to take a free pick The huge flocks were quite spectacular in the sunshine and I didn’t know where to aim my camera.

Having seen Whooper swans in Scotland recently it was interesting to see the smaller Bewick swans here at Slimbridge
Northern pintail
Lapwings
Pochard
Teal
Tufted duck
Buzzard causing consternation and creating quite a spectacle
The cranes were not put off by the buzzard
Curlews in the fading light
Wigeon
Curlew
Ruff
Redshank
Great spotted woodpecker on a feeder
Even the blue tit looked amazing in the sun