Here is my Slimbridge post a day later than planned as work had to be done on Sunday:(
As a member of the WWT I had previously been to WWT Caerlaverock on numerous occasions and also to Northern Ireland's WWT Castle Espie but until last week had never been to the first WWT reserve that was opened at Slimbridge in 1946 thanks to the great Sir Peter Scott.
A couple of weeks previously my fiancee and I had decided we should visit for a couple of days so a hotel nearby was booked and the plan was to spend a couple of hours on February 13th in the late afternoon and watch the swan feeding at 4pm, then to spend the whole of February 14th at the reserve.
We were a bit worried with the floods in the area especially at Gloucester but Twitter staff at Slimbridge kindly answered my questions and assured us that the reserve would be okay to get to and to walk around watching the thousands of birds.
Thursday was a fine day with the sun shining but with a pretty strong wind.After negotiating the 10-15 moorhens on the entrance ramp we passed through the centre and headed to the Peng Observatory & Rushy Hide.
There were lots of birds at the first lagoons and it was great to see Sir Peter Scott's large windowed room which I had seen in programs and interviews with him before.
1 of around 8000 Lapwings on the reserve.
Shelduck with an itch at Peng.
It was fantastic to get so close to the stunning Pintail Ducks.
Birds arriving to take advantage of this Wintering feeding spectacle.
Unfortunately Valentine's was very wet with prolonged heavy rain and still a strong breeze.Undetered we donned our waterproofs and headed to the reserve.
This time we spent a while in the World Wetlands getting close up with the various ducks,geese & swans.
Our final stop was to walk and climb up the Holden Tower which looked over the River Severn Estuary.
A look to the left and there was a solitary Oystercatcher amongst the Wigeon.
I could've quite happily spent a few more days at Slimbridge but unfortunately work gets in the way.I will definately return to see the reserve in the Summer.
Total sightings list at WWT Slimbridge.(42 species)
Common Crane (4)-1st ever sighting Wigeon
Ruddy Shelduck-1st ever sighting Teal
European White-Fronted Geese-1st 2014 sighting Dunlin
Bewick Swans-1st 2014 sighting Lapwings
Barnacle Geese-1st 2014 sighting Mallards
Pintails-1st 2014 sighting Shelducks
Ruff-1st 2014 sighting Tufted Ducks
Glaucous Gull-1st 2014 sighting Pochards
Oystercatcher-1st 2014 sighting Mute Swans
Lesser Black Backed Gull-1st 2014 sighting Canada Geese
Peregrine-1st 2014 sighting Greylag Geese
Reed Bunting Magpies
Little Grebe Moorhens
Curlews Golden Plover
Great Tits Blue Tits
House Sparrow Robin
Wood Pigeon Starlings
Chaffinch Black-Headed Gull
Apologies for it being such a long post(even though I missed out my encounter with a chestnut backed thrush & Hawaiian Geese) but there was so much to see.
Thank you for reading through all of this and for looking at my photos.It is very much appreciated.
If you like birds get yourself to WWT Slimbridge asap;)