As you might have seen, I managed to get up to Leighton Moss on Monday (14 Oct). Exiting the boardwalk, it was immediately apparent something was amiss
You don't normally have swans swimming down the Causeway. It was passable in wellies but too deep for boots. Before 9am it was still a bit grey so I wasn't sure if my target birds would show up. Sure enough there was very little pinging to be heard. Then, I turned as someone else arrived and when I turned back, two had snuck in without warning. You just can't trust them! The female (orange and red bling)
And the male (double orange)
They hung around the grit trays for ages, especially the male, but posed happily in the reeds for photos, too.
After a while a second male turned up and one without rings ... a bit of a rarity on the Causeway
They are spectacular birds and well worth going to see
You've got to love the splits pose they do
Double orange is still around but there is no aggravation between them
A third male (green over white) shows what beautiful tails they have
Still no other females though
I did wade down to the Causeway hide but there were only a few Mute Swans down there, although an otter had been sighted early on so I retired for lunch
The unofficial feeding log area was also under water, but quite colourful Autumnal water
The woodland birds were quick to see if you were handing out food
Nutty came a little too close for a 300mm lens but I wasn't going to change when standing in water
Lurking at the back like a little lurker but refusing to come out was this tiny thing
Yet more Beardies by the grit trays near Grizedale. In fact there were more showing here (and without bling on this side of the reserve) but they are just a little bit further away ... normally. This female came down to the water's edge which was nice.
And one even came down to what little dry land there was ... well, a bed of floating reeds counts as dry land at the moment
A pair of Marsh Harriers were out in front of Grizedale but it was the male who came closest...
... even forcing the Teal into the air when it got too close
I did do the estuary hides but don't have any photos. The main things of note were the Kingfisher, Greenshank, Wigeon, loads of Little Egret, a couple of Great Whites, a Goosander and several Mergansers (all red heads).
Lot to learn
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Perhaps the visitor centre should consider renting out pedalos. It would be a great way of getting around in the floods and if it was one of those swan shaped ones, the birds would never know you were there
In reply to Nigel O:
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:Almost missed this
I didn't think your eyesight had deteriorated so much
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