Martin Mere – MNHP Cairngorms 2017

We stopped off at Haydock last night and Mark’s family kindly brought us pie for dinner. We set off at 8:30am and arrived at WWT Martin Mere at around 9am. We spent Day 2 of our trip photographing birds, some captive birds from all around the world, and some wild ones as well.

I managed to tick some of my British bird list off, and Josh and I also saw a Green-winged Teal (although possibly hybrid?), which is from America, with the help of a birdwatcher. The white stripe is vertical instead of horizontal, which is found on the native Teals we have. Some of the (wild) birds we saw today: Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Teal, Pintail, Shelduck, Wigeon, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Robin, Cormorant, Little Egret, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Avocet, Marsh Harrier, Curlew, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Snipe.

I expected the day to be miserably wet but it turned out to be much better. The weather still wasn’t favourable but the consistent overcast lighting was not bad for photography. Here are some of the shots I got today:

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Falcated Teal

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Shoveler (female)

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Bewick’s Swan

Apologies for the lack of photos today as we’ve only just arrived at Stirling where we will be staying the night, so we didn’t have time to go through all of our photos (or me asking everyone for their photos) before this blog goes live.

Tomorrow we will be stopping at the Falls of Bruar, doing some landscape photography and hopefully seeing some toads as well.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog 🙂


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