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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

Reeding the signs of nature at Newport Wetlands

Today has been very much about looking for wildlife in, above or next to reed bed habitat.

An early start at the RSPB Newport Wetland Center meant that it was almost devoid of people ( meaning less disturbance). I was hoping the Marsh Harriers or Bearded Tits would make an appearance. Neither did.

Progressing at a steady pace through the reserve , I noticed that there was some good signs of life however. Two cuckoos were calling across the reed beds at each other and I was certain that I heard the booming of a Bittern calling.

As I stood on the pontoon bridge basking in the light of the mornings rising sun I was excited to see a Bittern flying down the reen towards me. Bitterns are not something you see very regularly so was a good spot and made my morning.

There was a lot of bird calls coming from the reeds. At this time of day the reed beds are full of the noise of birds singing and proclaiming their territories.

Spying through the reeds I was able to get a look at a Sedge Warbler singing its little heart. I was a struggle to get a clear view of anything feathered as they all seemed to want to tease me with partial views.

Sedge Warbler

There was plenty of Reed Buntings around displaying so managed to get a reasonably  clear shot of one of the males.

Reed Bunting
The reens this morning had a lovely mist covering them which started to burn off in the sun. I can't say I am a great fan of Canada Geese but the picture I took  kind of captured the feel of the morning.

Canada Geese
Whilst making my way out of the reserve I came across some loud trilling from top of some hedgerow and looked up to see a White Throat. He was blasting away giving his best to sound impressive.

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