Welney for Hares and Swans...
We enjoyed a lovely, if not chilly, day at WWT Welney. It was amazing how flat the world became after just about half an hour drive from home. We also knew we were getting closer as we saw more and more fields filled with swans and lapwing.
The heated hide had beautiful views over mainly whooper swans and pochard, even though the water level was quite low. We also saw an Egyptian goose and teal. From the other hides we saw a sweet stonechat, Bewick's swan and a glaucous gull.
Before our guided hare walk we enjoyed the lovely cafe overlooking fenland and bird feeders, from where we saw snipe and a beautiful kingfisher perched on a branch. We also enjoyed tea and cake-it would be rude not to!
Finishing our visit, we had an enjoyable guided hare walk, where we watched in wonder as hares ran across the field (up to speeds of 45 mph, we were told). I was incredibly fortunate to see this little fellow pop up his head and have a look at us, though I must admit once I realised he was probably attacking a hare, I had mixed feelings!
We had a fabulous day and can't wait to return - hopefully to see boxing hares next time!