A quick telephone call to Mike Smith and he was joining us too. I arrived at Slimbridge just after 8.00am and the sun was shining and there was no wind. I was in the reserve as soon as the gates opened and very keen to get the gear out. A quick check of the Rushy pen confirmed that the Bewicks were back. Nine in total.
The next stop proved a little disappointing. Not much outside the Robbie Garnett hide although the light on the water, which was millpond still, was absolutely amazing. This pair of Shoveler ducks were feeding in the shallows.
A Wood Pigeon came down for a drink.
A pair of Jackdaws were strutting their stuff.
Thr Teal weren't in the best of condition but again the light made for great reflections.
The star of the show was definately this Water Rail which kept making fleeting appearences.
Not high numbers of anything just yet but with the weather promising some winds hopefully it won't be long before lots more stuff arrives.
A Sparrowhawk flew right across the front of the hide but too quickly for any shots. The only raptor to be photographed was this distant Buzzard.
It was so nice to be back at Slimbridge with some of my closest friends, even if they did seem to be more interested in poking fun at me. The place has a quality, although hopefully if any attention is paid to the survey proformas that were being handed out for completion, it may even be improved upon.