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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

A frustrating week of waiting

This week I've had a few chances to spend some time in the hide during the evenings and today during the afternoon to chill out.

Its been tough with few visits to the perch this week. There appears to be a male and female Kingfisher visiting the perch. I wonder if its on the edge of both their territories.

I have done some scouting and found more  perch locations and been watching them fish from a distance.

On arrival this afternoon the female was waiting for me. Wish I had arrived earlier. I had to lay down prone on the ground and wait for it to fly off.

Lots of birds on show throughout the week -Little Egrets,  Female Goosanders, Cormorants, Mute Swans, Canadian Geese, Buzzards and Common Sandpipers.

The overhead sky remains populated with Swallows and Martins. I guess there is plenty of insects around early in the autumn and they are stocking up on fuel before migrating next week. I continue to spot Dragonflies around the hide and lots of midges.


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