The pools and wetlands are well flooded and wildfowl numbers are now building up. Today, in the region of 1000 Barnacles and 2000 Pinkfeet were moving about the pastures and meadows of North Plain, Biglands and Rogersceugh farms. Wigeon, Teal and Pintail numbers are also increasing with early morning reports of upto 120 Whooper Swans using the wetland in front of the hide.
Flock of Pinkfeet seen from the Lonning flying towards the hide wetlands
Further flock flying adjacent to the lonning
The air was full of activity as we walked towards the hide - with even more Pinks flying in.
By the time we arrived at the hide this group of Pinks were circling above the other geese already there.
Pinks grazing on wet meadows.
Barnacles grazing further over towards the wood
A few more Barnacles dropping in to join the flock
Where the two flocks meet.
Pink and Barnacles happily grazing along side each other.
The sound of a jet in the distance initially disturbed the Pinks leaving the Barnacles looking alarmed
Pinks repositioning in pastures towards Biglands, after the jet had disturbed the whole flock
Pinks which had also been feeding at Rogersceugh took to the air too.
This flock eventually settled back again into the distant meadow near Rogersceugh.
3 of 4 Whoopers which had been feeding in the pools at the end of the causeway - with a stationary Heron in the background