The other day when I woke up I just knew I had to do something different and so I thought it time to tick 'Welney' off my yearly visit. I left home in glorious sunshine with a snow forecast for the East Coast, sure enough there was quite a sprinkling of white around!
Just before I got there stopped to photo some Whooper Swans in a field and when I got home I saw there was a Brent Goose hunkered down with them [see photo below]. Then I got to Welney itself and after a lunch of freshly cooked fish & chips walked over the bridge to the main hide ~ which in case you did not know is centrally heated, with carpet on the floor and arm chairs to sit in as you watch the panorama through a huge slopping glass wall. This is birders heaven!
The view is amazing, feeding time is spectacular, it is a brilliant day!
Here are a few of the days photos to share with me,
It sounds like real 5* accommodation - a home from home.
I absolutely love the duck party photo. Briliant. Lovely photos, and thanks for sharing them.
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In reply to Sparrow:
Hi David, what a great time you must have had there. The photos are brilliant and, like Sparrow, I adore the duck party as that is just the most amazing sight. Thanks for sharing your visit and your photos with us.
The necessity of bird-watching is a really good reason for avoiding all forms of housework.
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In reply to Squirrel:
Hi David, thanks for sharing your visit and your excellent photos with us.
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In reply to Buzzard:
Wonderful photos David, thanks! Like the sound of that hide, just the sort of thing that would suit me down to the ground.
In reply to Kezmo:
Ditto from me - it sounds great to sit in comfort and watch the birds in a 5* hide! Love the photos, especially that handsome whooper and of course the 'duck party' . Thanks for showing us.
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In reply to Sarum Bat:
Thanks David, lovely photographs. I have never heard of a heated hide. Is this a sign of things to come ?
In reply to Brenda H:
I do hope so Brenda. One of the hides at one of our local reserves is sited rather unfortunately in that when you open the window to get a good view a freezing cold force 10 gale comes straight at you! Rather defeats the object of opening the window as you can't see to view or photograph/film when your eyes are streaming!!!!!
the hide at welney has been heated for years- it used to be for members only but seems open to anyone now.
It has a huge glass frontage - about 60 feet wide and 8 feet high - It's really an observation lounge - IT HAS CARPET!
There has beena lot of renovation at Welney over the last coupla years. It's a great place to visit almost anytime of year - I just wish it was open earlier in the morning :(
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Welney is a great place, unfortunatley we haven't had a chance to visit this winter.
Did you see any of the swans that had been fitted with the transmitters? They look like you could sit in the hide and operate them by remote control, but actually you can track their migration on the WWT website.
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I just noticed- the goose in your photo isnt a Brent. It looks more like a Pink foot- or just possibly a tundra Bean Goose.
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