.......with some pictures from January.
A few days ago, myself and Trevor had a great day at WWTWelney, despite most of the reserve being flooded. Only the big, heated hide is open at the moment, but it's still well worth a visit. Plenty of Whooper Swans there,
and a lot of Pochard; mostly males.
There was this rather unfortunate looking bird too.
Has to be one of the most horrendous ways to ring a poor bird.
Quite common in Europe, I understand, but not favoured by the BTO here.
One of the highlights of the day, is the swan feed.
One of the reserve staff push a wheelbarrow of seed, out where the birds gather, and throw it out amongst them. A veritable feeding frenzy occurs, with the birds flying in from around the reserve for a free lunch.
The amazing thing for me, was how the birds know when the time is near too.
They all start to gather expectantly in front of the hide.
A short video.
The second highlight of the day, for me, was the Hare walk.
After donning our wellingtons, a small group of us set off across a muddy field, with another of the helpful and friendly staff leading the way.
Hopefully we would see some Hares 'boxing'.
It's not actually a fight as in Queensbury rules, but an over amorous male, having his advances fended off by a female.
At least 18 Hares were spotted as we squelched our way through the mud, but no sign of any 'boxing'. What we did see though, was something I've never seen before.
A Hare swimming.
Some large areas of the field were flooded, and as the Hares were racing around, inevitably, some were confronted by stretches of water.
(I've since found out, that Hares are very good swimmers.)
The action was very distant, but I did manage a few pictures.
Not the best pictures I've ever taken, but a worthwhile set of record shots, I think.
After a coffee, and something to eat, it was back for the second swan feed of the day; and then time to head home.
A very enjoyable visit.
(I notice our local bird club has cancelled their planned visit for 16th, because only one hide is open, and the weather guessers, (who can obviously see into the future), are saying the weather isn't set to improve. Silly buggers!)