This is going to be a very quick update as I am currently packing up the car in preparation for a photographic roadtrip to Pembrokeshire and the beautiful Skomer Island (Images and blog to follow!!)
I just wanted to share some recent photographs from one of my ever more frequent excursions to WWT Slimbridge. Spring has certainly sprung and I was instantly greeted by an abundant amount of growth, colour and a flurry of new life. Among all the incredibly cute and fluffy new-born chicks that I saw taking over the centre, I had the immense treat of seeing one of the first Common Crane chicks to have been born on the reserve in over 400 years. Unfortunately, wildlife is indeed wild and both chicks have now dissapeared. One chick was filmed being taken from the nest by a fox - the other is still unknown about but has quite likely met the same fate (Wildlife Weekly Episode 24). Staff are confident however, that the Crane parents will go on to raise more young successfully in the years to come.
I was also treated to close encounters with Oystercatchers and their young, Coot Chicks, Moorhen Chicks and Greylag Goslings. I hope you like the images and I will be back soon with, no doubt, thousands of Puffin photographs to share soon!
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