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Slimbridge Fowl

Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the Severn is owned by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. It's the winter home for many geese, ducks and swans.

One of the most delightful things about it, is that you can buy bags of grains to feed all the fowl. It doesn't cost much and it's great fun. The lady who sold the grain to Kieron and me told us that because it was a cold day and not many visitors, particularly the birds further away from the centre buildings would be grateful.

These Greylag Geese were rather near the centre. "Gratitude" isn't really a word I associate with geese. "Aggression" comes closer to my experience.
Greylag goose
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Some of the fowl were happy to take grain from your hand. The Greylags were greedy, whereas the little dainty Cackling Goose (looks like a mini Canada goose) nibbled very gently. The Comb Ducks were pretty rough too. It was a good thing we were wearing leather gloves.
Greylag goose
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A Barrow's Goldeneye swimming in one of the many ponds. These are definitely artificial but the birds seem to like them.
Barrow's Goldeneye
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The stars of Slimbridge, as far as I'm concerned are the Bewick's Swans. Here are two, plus an unknown duck.
Bewick's Swan and unknown duck
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A better look at that sweet, honking face.
Bewick's Swan
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