NY0565 : View from the Peter Scott observatory

taken 6 years ago, near to Blackshaw, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

View from the Peter Scott observatory
View from the Peter Scott observatory
At feeding time at Caerlaverock - yellow bills are Whooper Swans, while the pinkish ones are Mute Swans.
WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Images from a visit to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust [WWT] Caerlaverock Wetland Centre on a damp, grey day in mid-January 2016. The WWT has 10 wetland reserves and visitor centres in the UK LinkExternal link. The WWT began as the Severn Wildfowl Trust, founded in 1946 at Slimbridge, on the south bank of the Severn estuary near Gloucester, by Sir Peter Scott, conservationist, ornithologist, champion glider pilot, Olympic sailor and artist.
The Caerlaverock centre is on the north shore of the Solway Firth, south of Dumfries. It is an important overwintering site for many wetland birds, especially Barnacle geese, Whooper swans, and ducks [especially Pintail, Teal, Wigeon and Scaup]. The large numbers of wetland birds attract raptors such as Peregrine falcon, Common buzzard and Hen harrier. The centre is part of the much larger Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve, which has a range of habitats marine, mudflats, saltmarsh, and coastal grazings. Sunken walkways between hedges leading to observation points allow birds to be watched without disturbance. A daily feature not to be missed is the feeding of the large swan population, joined by the ducks and other hangers-on.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 21 January, 2016   (more nearby)
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Friday, 22 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Bird (from Tags)
Mute Swan  Whooper Swan 
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Bird 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0523 6572 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.6225N 3:28.9325W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0523 6572
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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