As part of my 2017 challenge to blog every week I decided to join in with January’s #photoanhour This month’s day for the challenge was Sunday 30th January.
Here’s what I got up to:
8am: up and out in the garden making sure the bird feeders were topped up and ready for our hour taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch later in the day.
9am: in the car and on our way to WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes, on the M4 elevated section.
10am: in the Peacock Tower hide at the WWT London Wetland Centre, taking part in a birdwatch with a warden. We watched a bittern in the reeds, tufted ducks diving and bobbing, teals, wigeons and spoonbills. We also added pintails to #my200birdyear list, three females made their way across the ice before gliding across the clear water, and later we saw a pair, beautiful birds, the male very handsome, a really lovely bird to see.
11am: watching the Asian short clawed otters being fed. They were very entertaining, begging up on their back legs, then diving for food. Next to their enclosure was this fantastic lego otter, one of several lego an inside dotted around the centre, including a swan, crane, dragonfly and even a frog.
12 midday: after a wander round the collection, enjoying watching ducks and wetland birds from around the world, it was time for a piece of cake and a cuppa to support conservation in the cafe. The cake was delicious!
We particularly enjoyed seeing the Goldeneye and Smew. One male Goldeneye was in an aggressive frame of mind, diving down to come up biting other birds’ bottoms, leading to a very aggrieved looking mallard.
1pm: travelling home, crossing the Jubilee River on the M4.
7pm: The risotto is ready and it’s delicious. Time to relax!
We had a good Sunday, hope you did too.