High Tides at Slimbridge. White-fronted Geese and much more.

Skimbrideg WWT; 24th February.

High tides during the preceding week  had flooded the fields near to the Holden Tower and attracted geese and ducks in to close view of the hides. This is the best views we have had of White-fronted Geese in particular.

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It is always difficult to set up a telescope for digiscoping but I eventually managed it and got some pleasing individual shots.

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The reserve is good for buzzards; they always seem to fly away though just as I finally get the `scope trained on them...

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The Bewick Swans were as lovely as ever; they will presumably depart for thier Summer residencies soon.

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I have wanted to get a good photograph of a Pintail in flight for years...

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This Oystercatcher was very tricky; why do birds always turn their backs when I want a close shot? Perseverance finally paid off however; I reckon he managed to catch at least 12 worms on 30 minutes.

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Slimbridge WWT remains a great place to visit at this time of the year...

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