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Encouraged by certain unscrupulous individuals on my friendslist (you know who you are...) I decided to play hooky rationalised that exhibition panel text could be written this evening, after dark, and headed up to the Ouse Washes to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Welney.

First bird I saw as I walked onto the reserve was a Barn Owl. In broad daylight, sitting on a fence post next to the path. It took a good look at me, then lazily flapped away. A glorious bird :-)

Nothing particularly rare today, but I saw 38 species, including a Dunlin with one leg. Apparently it's been around for several weeks. The staff call it Jake...

The glory of this morning was time to just look and listen. To hear the wind, the piping of the Widgeon, the trumpeting of the swans. To appreciate the crisp jewel-brightness of the drakes' plumage in the occasional patch of sunlight breaking throught the clouds. To just sit back and watch things go by.

I needed that :-)

Date: 2005-03-08 06:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lj_stowaway
*oh, happy sigh*

Sounds glorious.

Date: 2005-03-08 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estellongshanks.livejournal.com
Unscrupulous? Us? Tell me you regret doing what you did.

I could hear him from here. The Barn Owl said "There you are at last."

Date: 2005-03-09 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azziria.livejournal.com
Um, no, didn't regret it for a single moment. As soon as I saw that owl it was so the right thing to have done :-)

Date: 2005-03-09 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linaelyn.livejournal.com
Unscrupulous? I believe you knew I was a pirate, all along.

I'm so glad you went. It sounds like such a wonderful trek, and that owl? Magical.

Date: 2005-03-09 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azziria.livejournal.com
It would have been pretty perfect without the owl. But the owl was the icing on the cake - thick luxurious icing with lots of curly bits as decoration. And probably some sugar flowers too :-)

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