Yesterday I went to Welney Wetland Centre with my family. It was a lovely day after a very wet system passed through Norfolk. Much of the Ouse Washes were underwater, and aprt for the main hide all the reserved was flooded and closed off.
This winter swan numbers are relatively low, yet. Still, Welney delivers and the experience, especially for my family, was superb.
Not the best photography conditions out of the main hide, but can’t complain.
Whooper Swans are always beautiful, and in yesterday’s light they looked even better.
I find the young birds very delicate and pretty too
Only when this bird took off
I noticed it is ringed. Don’t have the ringing details yet – it’s a WWT bird, either from Welney or Iceland.
Check those red-eyed Pochards!
Because of the flood, every dry square inch was occupied by roosting birds
BIG numbers of Black-tailed Godwits
One of three Great White Egrets on the reserve:
Sorry for the crooked panorama
Tree Sparrows on the visitor centre feeders were actually a Norfolk tick for me (if I kept a Norfolk list)
Nice, relaxed birding to end the year – roll on 2018! A good way to start 2018 would be Ross’s Gull…