Thursday, 11 September 2014

London Wetland Centre.


A location that I often visit throughout the year is The London Wetland Centre at Barnes. As you cross the bridge astride the entrance pools the statue of Sir Peter Scott always serves as a reminder of his dedication to education, research and the conservation of wildlife. His establishment of the Wildfowl Trust in 1946 has allowed millions of people to enjoy getting close to living wildfowl from all round the world.

A mix of habitats throughout the 'World Wetlands' area provides an opportunity to watch and photograph species such as White-faced Whistling Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks chilling out, Ferruginous Duck, plus Red-breasted and Barnacle Geese. Just a a few of the many and varied captive species.

The various hides around the 'Wildside' areas produce an array of our native and migrating avian species throughout the year. A few regulars depicted here .. Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gulls, Canada Goose, Moorhen And Coot.

During a break for coffee and cake during a visit earlier this week we were joined by a young Carrion Crow constantly opening and closing its beak but not uttering a sound. It hung around for a while before flying off to another table to pick up a discarded scrap.

Elsewhere there was interest from colour in the wildlife garden, Frogs and resting Common Darter.

 But all too soon it was time to head home via the entrance bridge.  FAB.

Linking to Good Fences hosted by TexWisGirl.

16 comments:

  1. what a pretty place! i like sir scott's statue, too. loved seeing 'my' whistling ducks in one of your haunts. :) thanks, frank!

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  2. beautiful place. Thanks to those with vision

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  3. I very much like the sculpture there! So appropriate!

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  4. I like that sculpture very much too. Perfect for that setting.

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  5. I love those wagon wheels and fab bird shots. The ipad is not good at scrolling back and forth when commenting. It won't let me type further when I move away from the message box. I enjoyed your post today.

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  6. I think the Carrion Crow may be my name sake! According to my grandmother anyway. My maiden name translates to God feeds the Ravens and my first name Karen sounded too much like the bird she always said! Your capture of him is very commanding, he's quite handsome. The statue of Sir Scott is a perfect expression to honor him too.

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  7. Wow, what a great place to go shooting!

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  8. Wonderful place, Frank. Great variety of wildlife, as evident by your photos.

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  9. beautiful bird captures Frank and a lovely place to find all your wonderful images.

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  10. What a wonderful place to visit and take a stroll. So many birds to see and the fences are very nice. I laughed that the Crow didn't make any sound. The one's I feed every day are very vocal.

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  11. Always a good place to visit and with plenty of photo opportunities. Looks like you had a good day Frank?...[;o)

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  12. It's certainly a wonderful place to observe wildlife, and your bird captures are all lovely. The fences are very nice and the statue is in the perfect place and setting.
    Warm Regards.

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  13. A really nice set of images Frank. I would like to see a Ferruginous for real. Never seen one yet, but they have been recorded in the area once or twice.

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  14. What a delightful outing. Loved your collages.

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  15. Hi Everyone.

    Thanks for all your recent visits and comments. I have no doubt that future posts will include more of the wildlife from WWT Barnes.

    Cheers ... FAB.

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