A beautiful but cold day called for a trip to Welney in Norfolk for wintering Swans and wildfowl. Great to have the company of Rick Stead and Mike O'Hanlon for the day. After a quick stop off for Hawfinch at Bramfield we arrived at Welney and the first photo opportunity were the Tree Sparrows at the Visitor Centre. Always a joy to see this sadly declining species.
It was then across the bridge to view the masses of birds including a large flock of Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing.
A few distant Pintail were visible (but too far for pictures) together with some Shelduck.
The most Common duck close in were Pochard.
And the slightly less colourful female.
Sadly we did not manage to pick out any Bewick Swans, but there were some Whoopers, with the majority out feeding on the surrounding fields.
A few younger birds, lacking the distinctive yellow on the bill were also present.
The stars of the day for me were eight Tundra Bean Geese which were initially sleeping and one would occasionally look up.
Suddenly, they all took off allowing the chance of some flight shots.
A few Marsh Harriers were showing, but again distantly.
It was then back to the cafe for coffee and hopefully Short Eared Owls from the viewing area. However there were other distractions including Great Egret.
Reed Buntings were also present and feeding.
As the light faded a flock of Linnets came in to roost.
And 2 or possibly 3 Short Eared Owls showed, but fairly distantly so just a couple of record shots here, but always a joy to watch them.
A wonderful day, great company and a big thanks to Rick and Mike!