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This was my first trip for some time, due to the weather and the ensuing seas of mud. The weather was sunny, but quite cold when the sun went in. The Wetland Centre has a captive collection of duck and geese from all over the world - this Red-breasted Goose was quite tame:

Red-breasted Goose

As soon as you produce a camera a Robin will appear - they really like posing for their portraits!


There are Moorhens everywhere in the Centre - this one is obviously on an urgent mission:


It was nice to see a Great Spotted Woodpecker at one of the bird feeders, showing the bright red underside that distinguishes from the Lesser Spotted:

Great Spotted Woodpecker

It's easy to see how the Redshank got its name:

Common Redshank

Parakeets suffer from a bad press - I think they are quite attractive:

Rose-ringed Parakeet

There is always something new to see in birdwatching - I've never seen the Lapwing mating display before. It lay on the ground, then pointed first its tail and then both wings nin the air:


Tufted Ducks are excellent divers, finding their food on the bottom at up to 10 metres (32 feet):

The old adage 'Cast ne'er a clout til May is out' refers to the Hawthorn or May blossom, not the month. It is definitly out now, so fell free to cast any clouts.
Hawthorn (May) Blossom

A few of the early spring flowers dotted around the centre:



Marsh Marigold

  All Photographs © Brian Price except where stated