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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 rainy morning at the Lagoons

Had to get out this morning for some fresh air and my weekend dose of wildlife watching.

Decided to venture down the the RSPB reserve at Goldcliffe Lagoons and chance seeing a few birds,hoping the tide would bring them in.

The rain eased now and again so was able to stand at some of the platforms and get a good view of what birds were on offer.

I wanted to get some flight pics today, not ideal as it was cloudy and wet but I gave it a go. There was a nice flock of Avocets that I was hoping would take flight when a predator flew over but I ether missed there aerial acrobatics or they did not really do much.

The Black Tailed Godwits made up for the Avocets not flying and provided some nice photo opportunities of the synchronised aerobatics. I like wading birds when they fly around in panicked circles en masse.

The Marsh Harriers put in a few appearances. From a good distance away I caught site of what I think was a female. I later got some closer pictures of a male hunting above the reeds.

There were plenty of other birds on show- Lapwings, Common Redshank, Shovelers, Wigeon, Teal, Coot , Canada Geese, Greylags, Mallards , Curlew, Oyster Catchers, Mute Swans and Ringed Plovers.

I keep hearing the Cetti Warblers in the hedgerows but I have not caught so much as a glimpse.







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