7th February 2014 – It’s that time of the year again…Goosefest!

The Solway Barnacle Geese have now been joined by thousands of Pink-footed Geese, and together they form huge flocks which have to be seen (and heard) to be believed. I know I harp on about it every year but it is a truly awesome spectacle, particularly when they take to the air, the noise is just fantastic too.

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Persistent and patient scanning once again paid dividends – eventually a 1st winter Greenland Whitefront was found strolling around amongst them… distant digiscoped record shots only I’m afraid…(notice the debris on the top of the fenceline showing how big the recent tides have been)…

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Back along the marsh road a couple of Little Egrets were in their favourite spots. I’ve noticed that you can drive past them no problem, but the second you stop the car to try to get a photo they flippin’ fly off – even when they’re not particularly close to the road. They are very camera-shy. But I persevered, the light was really nice today for a change and I finally got a couple of better pics…

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Other highlights in the last week have included a drake Smew on Derwent Water last Sunday, and best of all a stunning adult male Hen Harrier near Newton Arlosh.

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