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Slimbridge WWT 30/12/06

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Old Saturday 30th December 2006, 22:43   #1
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Slimbridge WWT 30/12/06

Took a trip down to Slimbridge today, was pretty good.
I knew what to expect as I'd bben told it was a bit like a zoo with all the 'captive' wildfowl and that pretty much what it was. It was good to see all of the birds in the flesh though as many of the rarer UK birds/visitors i hadn't seen before. It also provided some excellent photo opertunities.

As well as the 'captive' birds i saw 1000s os Lapwing, Golden plover and Dunlin. 100's Curlew, Wigeon, Pochard and Pintail. Banacle geese, Godwits, Ruff, Little stint and of course there were some Bewick's swans. There were acouple of Buzzards but no other raptors to report.

On the way i saw some fairly large flocks of thrushes and finches around the stubble fields.

I also managed to bag a scope from the Just Optics shop on site and had a good go with around the site.


A great day out, well worth it. The only downer being it lashed down and my camera must of got too wet as its not working properly at the moment, im hoping it will dry out.

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Old Sunday 31st December 2006, 09:18   #2
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Nice one Gareth. What a great site Slimbridge is, always something to see. Any White-fronted Geese?
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Old Sunday 31st December 2006, 10:07   #3
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Nice one Gareth. What a great site Slimbridge is, always something to see. Any White-fronted Geese?
A total of 324 White-fronted Geese seen on the 28th Dec.

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Old Sunday 31st December 2006, 10:42   #4
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a bittern has also been about for a few days from the zeis hide. was supposed to be going down at some point through the christmas hols but havnt been able to.
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Old Sunday 31st December 2006, 12:25   #5
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I was down there last Thursday, the Bittern was showing really well from the Zeiss Hide. All the usual suspects were present including c300 Whitefronts, 160 Bewicks, & a very obliging Peregine from the Holden Tower.

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I think i missed ziess hide out as i didn't see any good reed beds for that bittern. I also managed to miss the 300+ White-fronts, that is if they were there yesturday.


Camera still not right - really hoping it just needs a good drying out......
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I also managed to miss the 300+ White-fronts, that is if they were there yesturday.


Hi Gareth,

The Whitefronts are present at Slimbridge from November until March, best place to see them is from the Holden Tower hide.

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here soom excellent pic i come across of the bittern at slimbridge, seems to be very obliging.
http://www.birder.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
and look on the sightings page.
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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2007, 19:44   #9
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managed a trip there today. Had some great veiws of the bittern which showed perfectly, could even see it without bins! also about was a few ruff, spotted redshank, tundra bean goose, and strangly an american wigeon, which i took no notice of (being slimbridge ofcourse) but then it flew off! so i am not to sure what to think.
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