At the end of last month I visited the Pilling and Cockerham area of Lancashire. This area is visited in the winter months by large flocks of pink footed geese and whooper swans. There are rich pickings to be had in the fields with left over remains of potato and other vegetable crops. This winter in particular has been very wet and many farmers have been unable to harvest their crops.
On my wanderings around the lanes and back roads I came across a very large number of geese and swans gathering in a roadside field prior to roosting out on Pilling Sands. The birds were coming in large groups particularly the geese and were settling in the field giving me some wonderful opportunities with the camera.
It was a bright cold and sunny afternoon and was ideal for photography and I was able to stay in the comfort of the car using it as a mobile hide. I was amazed at the numbers of birds and can only say that there were many thousands of pink footed geese and many hundreds of whooper swans. For this post I have concentrated on the whooper swans.
The pink footed geese will be the subject of my next post. I took about two and a half thousand images over two days and have spent a week or so sifting and sorting. I hope you enjoy my selection of these magnificent visitors from Iceland. It was a most memorable experience and one I will be unlikely to repeat for some time. Thanks for looking in and stay tuned for the next instalment.