Sunday, 15 November 2020

Wonderful Whoopers

 At this time of the year I look forward to the arrival of whooper swans and pink footed geese from their breeding grounds in Iceland.As last year the heavy autumnal rains had flooded many of the agricultural fields in the Pilling area.The lakes that had appeared are very attractive to Whooper swans and probably remind them of the lakes back home in Iceland.This area of Lancashire is famous for growing potatoes and following the floods many potatoes are unable to be harvested and are left for the swans and geese.This food supply keeps the swans and geese in the area and a visit to the Pilling and Cockerham mosslands will guarantee some nice sightings of these magnificent birds.

I made a number of visits to the area and found a large concentration of whooper swans in the Eagland Hill area of Pilling.The birds seemed to make Eagland Hill their HQ and could be seen there everyday.Numbers would visit other areas and return to roost late afternoon.I enjoyed myself taking many images of the swans as shown below.They are fascinating to observe as they greet each other with wonderful bugling calls and elaborate displays.Hope you enjoy the images and I will return again as the swans will probably be around through the winter months.

Thanks for looking in and my next posting will feature the pink footed geese.Stay safe and follow the covid rules in this time of lockdown.


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