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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

Look what we came across in Wentwood

On a recent visit to Wentwood with my birder friend we were able to watch a flock of Crossbills feeding in the tall pine trees.

As the Crossbills eat a lot of pine seeds they get very thirsty and need to drink regularly. If you are patient (or lucky) you may see them take the opportunity to drink from a water source that is available nearby. In our case they drank from a puddle that was in the path.

It was great to see them land and start drinking. I noticed that some of them perch nearby and keep watch whilst the others land and drink. They are very furtive birds and getting close to them for the ideal photo is very frustrating.

For the time being I will have to be satisfied with photographs taken at a distance.

Accompanying the Crossbills, were Siskins , that mixed in with them and also took their chance to drink from the puddle.


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