Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
WWT Slimbridge was visited from the 1st-3rd February and an enjoyable visit it was too! Highlight birds seen included Tundra Bean Goose (Lifer), Greylag, Barnacle, Canada, White-fronted and a lone Egyptian Goose.. ..a Goose fest! The Bewick's Swans were a delight to see and it was good to later in the day watch the Wild Bird Feed and listen to the wardens commentary from the comfort of the heated observatory. A Dog decoy Demonstration made for an interesting hour, the warden was most informative. The Decoy was originally erected at Slimbridge to provide ducks for the table at nearby Berkeley Castle.....of course nowadays it is used for ringing purposes. Sadly there was not a Starling Roost at Slimbridge, I was told that it had been 3-4 years since the last Starling murmuration. I witnessed one in December 2009 which must have been the last one to happen here with good numbers of Starlings, such a sad decline of a noisy yet delightful bird!
Tundra Bean Goose
Bewick's Swans arriving for their tea!
One of two Bank Voles energetically searching for food.
The dog is pretending to be a fox as it runs in front of and behind the willow screens to lure the birds towards the Decoy net. Apparently the ducks will swim towards the fox as when the fox is visible to them they know where the danger is, clever ducks!
NB The dog is of course just doing what it has been trained to do and is not pretending as such to be a fox. ;-)