Saturday, 27 December 2008

Welney Whoopers

This afternoon we spent a cold hour sitting in a hide at Welney WWT reserve from about 2.45 - 3.45 pm. Hadn't been here for a couple of years at least and was surprised at just how busy it was. The Observation gallery was packed with family's and old dears and the hide to the side which we were in was also very nearly full. This hide sits under the ramp leading off the bridge and at times it felt like a Panzer division was on the march as yet another baby buggy rumbled over our heads. Still good that so many folk were choosing to come out and enjoy the swans. But a shame that most of the wild swans stayed out in the fields feeding rather than coming into be fed.

Poor light meant that I had to rack the ISO setting up on EOS 400D to 1600. This is probably the best of a bunch of poor flight shots that I managed to get.

We each enjoyed a welcome hot chocolate back at the visitor centre and a piece of cake which really needed to be a bit bigger to be good value for money. Still a impressive building the cafe is light and airy, the shop a little under stocked and the down stairs classroom is decked as if it is below the surface of a pond and looks great.

The icing on the cake were two remarkably tame Barn Owls by the side of the road just as we drove away from the Visitor Centre.

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