Occasionally the light at the centre was a bit more conducive for photography, and I managed to get this image from the Michael Powell hide. This hide is my first port of call in the morning as it has the best sun position at that time. A lot of the time the birds are quite far away, but occasionally them come closer. If you are lucky the Kingfisher will land on the ‘no fishing’ sign in front of the hide.
Normally from the Michael Powell hide I move onto the Boardwalk Hide. As the sun swings around in the morning, this hide is the next best position to be. Here the birds are quite close, with a good selection to choose from. This Mallard started bathing while I was photographing the Blackheaded Gulls, so I switched my attention to it, and caught a sequence of images as it bathed.
There are quite a few Greylag Geese breeding at the centre in the wild and captive bird sections. Most seem to have about 5-7 chicks and all seem to be doing well. These particular geese were on one of the islands with the Blackheaded Gulls, but due to the close presence of a Heron, one of the parents was very alert and keeping an eye out for danger. The chicks were totally oblivious to it all and carried on feeding away.
Afternoons at the centre tend to see me at the new Sir Peter Scott hide in the Millennium wetlands area. The sun position is best here in the afternoon, plus some perches have been placed out for the Kingfisher. These perches were placed?especially for photographers to make decent images with. The light wasn’t too good at my visit, but I couldn’t resist making the above image of a Male Tufted Duck. I like the look on his face, plus I sponsored a Tufted duck about 30 years ago with the WWT. I don’t think he survived very long though as I never got any updates about his whereabouts etc.