Martin Mere Wetlands - Edd Cottell

Martin Mere Wetlands

Late Autumn sees the arrival of Pink Footed Geese and Whooper Swans, as well as others, into the UK, so on the first weekend of November, I headed off to Martin Mere Wetlands in Lancashire.  The morning was spent in the Harrier hide with the hope of seeing the beautiful Marsh Harriers, but sadly none showed.  So after lunch, I went to the Swan Link hide to see the Whoopers and Pink Footed.  The geese seemed content on staying on the far side of the lake, flying off as the light faded.  The Whoopers put on a decent show in front of the hide, and at times they were inside the minimum focus distance!  I was quite taken by the Pintail ducks.  I'd never been close enough before to really appreciate how elegant they are, with their chocolate coloured head, curving white neck stripe, and body feathers all coming together at their tail, giving them their name.  The day finished with what can only be described as a feeding frenzy as a wheel barrow full of seed was dispensed along the shore which the ducks, swans, and geese all went nuts for! (Excuse the quality of the video, it was taken on my phone, and quite frankly, my toaster takes best videos)

Feeding Frenzy

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