Birds by the river


With the wind from the east, it’s slowly getting drier, and I didn’t have to scrape my boots today after a walk by the river. The tide was out, so most of the birds were on the flooded fields. The usual crowd – herons, egrets, shelduck, mute swans, coots, redshanks, lapwings. Also a gadwall pair, I think. On the river itself further upstream were oyster catchers, black-headed gulls (now with full face paint) and black-backed gulls.

Now that the water has partly receded from the fields, the old ridges and furrows make for natural swimming lanes:


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