Sunday, 22 March 2009

Galloway Goose Chase

Earlier in the week we spent a few days up in Galloway, South West Scotland. We stayed in a lovely B&B near Wigtown, Croft House, & despite a bad cold and camera malfunctions we made the best of fine weather to explore the beautiful coastline & observe the wildlife on the way. Huge numbers of geese overwinter in the area. Our first port of call was the hide at Wigtown Nature Reserve, an estuary with large areas of saltmarsh and mudflats where we saw 250+ geese, Barnacles & Pink Footed on the marshland, gradually moving in flocks to settle in neighbouring fields.

Later in the week, near to Mersehead RSPB we spotted over 500+ geese on the banks of the estuary, it was a misty morning so its not too clear but the area of dots between the waterline & treetops is in fact 150+ geese.
At the RSPB centre, flocks of geese take to the sky.

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