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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 refreshing blue sky morning at Goldcliffe

The sky was clear and blue this morning. With a cuttingly cold wind in my face I set off early for walk around Goldcliffe Lagoons to the sea wall hide. The tide was out today so a lot of the waders were spots in the distance at the waters edge that not even a big lens could help me get a decent picture of them.

Nevertheless, there was plenty to see around the edges of the lagoon and in the air.

A flock of ducks caught my eye flying overhead and I was pleased to see some Pintail Ducks mixed in with Shovelers. A nice sight, both species are pretty looking ducks.

As I walked to the sea wall I was escorted along by a flock of Meadow Pipits that maintained a safe distance and a wary eye just ahead of me. The usual Stonechat was sat on a post on the look out.

At the hide I was treated to a Curlew calling and flying in a circle , in clear view of my lens for change.

I spent a few hours observing the comings and goings of the usual Wigeon Ducks, Lapwings and Shelducks before heading back.

The hedgerows were full of the chatter of Redwings and Fieldfare who seem to be concentrating on the Ivy berries now as the Hawthorns have been stripped clean.

Walking up the lane out of the reserve I came across a beautiful lapwing, that had an injured wing. It never let me close but it did not appear to able to take off and just kept a safe distance from me. It may be injured after an encounter with one of the local raptors.


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