Jan 102018

For my last post of 2017 it is more of the same!! Pink footed geese have definitely been on my menu this Christmas.Each time I have been out this holiday period I have come across some large flocks of pink footed geese. They were all in the Pilling area and I suspect that it is probably the same large flock feeding in a different area when I have visited. My latest visit was on Boxing Day and when most folks were tucking into yet more turkey I was enjoying the sight of thousands of geese tucking into Pilling potatoes.

Pilling is famous for it’s potatoes but this year as a consequence of the very wet weather a lot of potatoes have remained in the ground unharvested. This has meant a bonanza for the geese with many potatoes left in the fields and providing easy pickings for the pinkfeet. On Boxing Day I found the geese at Eagland Hill, a favourite area for geese and whooper swans throughout the winter months. The light was good for a change,brighter and sunnier conditions, much better than the dark and dismal weather of late.

I enjoyed myself with the camera from the comfort of the car and some of my better efforts are shown below. Hope you enjoy the images of the pink footed geese at Eagland Hill and this will more than likely be my last posting for 2017. Thanks to everybody who has followed my travels through the year and let’s hope we all enjoy a happy and healthy New Year.


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Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats - natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment - as you do!! I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain. I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!

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