Advert over; after lunch we (better half and the 3 sprogs) had a good trek around. Some cracking 'plastic' ducks here, and it's great to get real good close-ups of (one of my favourites) the drake smew, what a handsome chap he is, only ever seen one in the wild!
The hooded merganser was another favourite, but out in the truly wild areas it was a treat to get cracking views of 5 Avocets, and a couple of little ringed plovers.
All in all a great family day out, though highlight had to be the Asian short-clawed otters, lovely little things but I wouldn't like a bite off them after seeing them feed. Some photos of my favourites :
|A common crane|
|Drake Smew - great bird, crap photo|
|One of five avocets seen today|
|Another with l-rps in background|
|Asian short-clawed otters - kids loved 'em|
|cuties or wat?|
|Where's me dinner ?|
|Hooded Merganser - plastic fantastic|
|Feeding time at the flamingoes|
|Filter - feeding|
|One of the youngsters|
|feeding time at the otters|
|Looks a bit tough|
|Cute - but you want to see the fangs !|
The only disappointment was all that water and not a single damselfly to be seen, no excuse, the sun shone brightly for a good part of the day, just none there. So a bit of a downer when Birdman txts to say there's a broad-bodied chaser at Stargate. Great, in fact about a week and a half early for that species going off past years, but can't wait to catch up with them as it's one of the dragon highlights of the year.