Saturday, 22 October 2011

Washington WWT : Greenshank and more

I spent today at Washington Wetlands centre, with very nice weather, bright blue skys if a touch cold.
 A quick walk through "close encounters" brought a very nice view of a mandarin and a few others including Eider, Nene and Bar-headed geese,  although i'm happiest with my two shots of the Mandarins.
  We then walked to Hawthorn wood feeding station, with over looking views of Goldfinch, Great tit, Blue tit, Coal tit and even a few Long tailed tits,They were then joined by a Great-Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree-Creeper, a few Bullfinch and 4-5 Pheasant were also present.
  Interestingly a Grey squirrel was also there climbing up and down the feeders trying to get the feed from them. We then moved onto wader lake and the first hide brought little but Teal, Black headed-gull, Mallard and then odd Lapwing, moving down either a Gargney or Gadwall was on the lake but from the angle i was viewing it from i couldn't tell as there was only the odd detail available from angle of the lighting ,but a few Red-shank were visible.
After this we moved to the Otter enclosure, great to see even if they aren't wild, after that a move towards the Flamingos paid off as on the lake opposite, which doesn't seem to be used very often produced a great view of a Greenshank walking up and down the lake, and i was able to get quite close with no disturbance to the bird. so all round a good day
Drake Mandarin duck

Drake Mandarin duck


Record shot-long tailed tit

Record shot-Long tailed tit

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

Great tit

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Otter

Greenshank

Greenshank

Greenshank

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