Monday 18 May 2015

Sunday 17th May - Return trip to Welney Wetland Centre

A select few turned out for this return to Welney on a bright, breezy Sunday morning.  This was our complimentary visit very kindly arranged by the Centre Manager and much appreciated by the Club.
Most of us started off in the cafe for coffee before setting off to the various hides and paths on the reserve.  Although we had access to the downstairs photography hide, sadly, there were no birds to be seen!

Most of the swans and geese had already left the reserve for their long journey north leaving just a few mute swans on the reserve.  The main attractions on this visit were trying to find some of the recently hatched chicks, warblers and early arrival of some butterflies or dragonflies.  This proved to be quite a tricky task - the chicks were difficult to find and at quite some distance when they were sighted and the warblers were also very tricky with the wind tending to keep them near ground level and not coming up to be photographed!

Most of us sampled the very excellent food in the Widgeon Cafe for lunch and despite the tricky conditions and the rather distant viewing, with a little patience and determination, everyone managed to get some shots some of which are shown below. 

Young Wagtail by Caroline Tillett

Chasing Avocets by Roy Scrivener

Sedge Warbler by Andy Caws

Avocet Aggression by Robin Orrow

Anthocharis Cardomine by Jan Murphy

Avocet with 3 Chicks by Di Jackson

Three Ducks by Andy Caws

Reed Bunting by Caroline Tillett

The Beauty of Weed by Jan Murphy

Avocet in Flight by Roy Scrivener

Orange Tip Butterfly on Nettle by Robin Orrow

Moorhen Chick by Di Jackson

Avocet and Mallard by Andy Caws

Avocet Trio by Caroline Tillett

Who Me? by Roy Scrivener

Master of Disguise by Jan Murphy

Avocet with Chick by Robin Orrow

Orb-Weaver Spider with Prey by Di Jackson

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