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26th December 2022 – WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

At this time of the year the Bewick and Whooper Swans are normally the celebrities at Slimbridge. However, today a diminutive goose, a Ross’s Goose (or possibly a snow goose) made a surprise appearance. I have never seen one of these birds before.

Ross’s goose

Bewick Swan

Lapwing

Shelduck

Teal

Common crane

Barnacle goose

Redwing

Wigeon

Greylag goose

Black-tailed godwits

Tufted duck
Northern pintail

It can’t be Christmas without a robin

Slideshow of photos from this morning:

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10th December 2022 – Eastville Park, Bristol

The kingfisher was on the River Frome (at the bottom of our road) when we started our walk to Eastville Park and there again at the end of our walk, but it was just a fleeting visit – luckily just long enough for me to get my camera out of its bag.

Front view, back view and then it was off ..

It was fairly treacherous underfoot with the frozen ground but much worse for the poor birds on the frozen lake.

Not much fun on ice for this black-headed gull!

… nor for the mute swans

Christmas must be coming.

Slideshow of this mornings photos:

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27th November 2022 – WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

A dull day at Slimbridge can still be very rewarding. A great spotted woodpecker was one of the highlights along with large flocks of lapwings and golden plover. Plenty of northern pintails too.

Great spotted woodpecker

Little and large

Northern pintail

Teal

Wigeon

Mainly golden plover

Lapwing

Bewick swan

Mute swans

Avocet

Shelduck

Slideshow of this morning’s photos: