A Trip to Slimbridge

My first proper day out since my op was a trip to Slimbridge, ably chauffeured by Pete. After a pleasant cross-country drive via Tetbury and Dursley we arrived at Slimbridge. First stop was the South Hide where a few minutes searching found us the long staying Scaup amongst the Tufted Ducks. Then it was across to the Zeiss Hide. It seemed strange being here without my scope but at the moment I am not able to lug it about. From here we could see large numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing and Golden Plover. The latter two being flushed a couple of times by a Peregrine. Then it was back to the car for lunch before heading for the Holden Tower. We just made it the Tower before the rain started. On he Tack Piece were a flock of Greylag Geese. A search through them found just two White-fronts, my target bird for the day and a year-tick. Out on the Dumbles were a few Bewicks and three Cranes. Other new for the day species seen from here and the other nearby hides were Black-tailed Godwits and Pintail. All in we managed over fifty species, another good day of birding.

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