Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 14/02/2012

Toothgate… Day Two




Red Legged Stilt, originally uploaded by http://andrewskelton.net.


Two swims, a long walk, a short boat ride and a day trying to keep warm… oh and of course… a broken tooth giving me stick. I’d normally use at least 500 words describing my day but whether its the afore mentioned cold weather, chilling me to my bones, or more likely my broken pre-molar I’m not so inclined to long rambling descriptions.

Tomorrow is the last day around the Gloucester area and one i’ve really been looking forward to (not that i haven’t been looking forward to the other days), our annual trip to Slimbridge, the head quarters of the WWT. Last years visit was on a cold, grey wintery day, the year before snow was still on the ground so it would be nice, for a change, to have clear blue skies with plenty of sun… I’m not even bothered if its warm… just good light for photography is what i require.

The Centre has seen much in the way of development over the years we’ve been visiting with some major re-landscaping having taken place recently however the biggest change that I’m really excited about for tomorrow is a new addition in 2011, after we had visited, British wading birds. Along with the huge collection of geese, ducks and swans the centre has an enclosure containing Ruff, Dunlin, Redshank and the iconic Avocet and it’s the birds I’ll be making a beeline for when I first arrive. I won’t be immediately snapping away though, well that is unless all the conditions are favourable… as it’s a new exhibit I want to first work out what time of day is best for optium lighting, where the birds favour, when and where they are fed… etc etc etc. As with anything in life, you have to put in some effort if you want to reap the rewards… unless you get lucky on the Euro Milions lottery of course.

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