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08
Mar
16

Geese and Goosanders

Our ‘Winter Geese’ tour to the Solway last month once again was enjoyed by all. As well as the usual Green winged Teal that seem to arrive each year we also turned up a Snow Goose among the Barnacles. Some inclement weather didn’t stop us from having a great time and the hotel where we stayed was just magnificent. Next year the tour to the Solway will be geared favourably for the photographer. The ‘Geese and Goosander Tour’ for 2017 is now open for bookings See details here Itinerary – Solway Geese & Goosanders 2017.

Goosander 2

Barnacle Goose

02
Mar
15

The Birds of the Solway

Next Februarys’ Solway Winter Geese Tour is now open for bookings. See the link at http://www.wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk/solway-winter-geese/4554361874

What we all loved on this year’s tour was the sheer number of Barnacle Geese we encountered. We came across a random flock in a roadside field. Regrettably even though we were still quite distant when we pulled up they became very wary and took flight despite us remaining in the vehicle. The noise alone was an experience but the sight of so many in the air at once was just breath-taking. Throughout the day we estimated we had seen between 8 and 10 thousand Barnacles.

Of course as with any of our trips it’s just not about one species or location there are many other species we encounter too. One thing I particularly like to see is Tree Sparrow. Although we can still find them in Norfolk rarely do they show as well as one place we visited.

Barnacle Geese Tree Sparrow

27
Feb
14

Truly Barnacles

On our Solway Geese Tour last weekend we had some terrific views of winter wildfowl. Perhaps the highlight however was the vast flocks of Barnacle Geese; already girding their loins to travel back to Svalbard in a few weeks. The noise and sight were truly breath-taking.

Barnacle Goose 1

Barnacle Goose




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