Outings to Welney and Wicken Fen NT 23/24th February

03 July 2019

SIG: Nature

We were blessed with very beautiful weather for our weekend of outings in East Anglia, As James couldn’t make the Sunday, we met him on the Friday afternoon at Wicken hopefully to photograph the Short-Eared Owls that traditionally winter there and we were not disappointed with a pair entertaining us for nearly an hour as the light faded. This included a 10-minute pose on a close fence post.

On Saturday about a dozen people met at Welney Wildfowl Trust in Norfolk. The Ouse Washes, of which Welney Wetland Centre Reserve is part, host around 100,000 wildfowl and waders in winter including large numbers of Whooper Swans, which visit the centre to be fed three times in the day and to roost.

Julia negotiated a good deal for the group to use the basement hide so we had excellent eye-level views of the birds.

The sunset fly-in was a bit disappointing but otherwise an excellent day with plenty to see and photograph.

On Sunday a small party of 6 explored Wicken Fen from the Burwell Fen end, visiting various hides and being entertained by displaying Reed Buntings and Stonechat before returning to the SEO site for another good display by the Owls.

Images Ann Miles and Di Jackson