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One of the first outings Sophie and I had this year, was to visit the wildfowl trust at Washington, a reasonably regular haunt as the birds there are cool to see. First though we went to see the building of the new bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland. ย It’s a bit of a behemoth and will link up Castletown to Pallion, or, as my hubby says, will link up one shit~hole to another shit~hole ๐Ÿ™‚

I think they must be trying to have an iconic bridge, as Newcastle has 7 beautiful ones, and the other Sunderland bridges are pig ugly in truth. It will be cool to see it when it’s all finished, in the meantime the disruption to traffic is painful.

Anyway on with the birds at WWT!

Smiley duck!


Mandarin ducks


No idea what these are but they’re pretty,

love seeing the otters

and we sat in a hide for a while and took shots of the wild birds feeding





chaffinch ladies






Grey Squirrel


at the lake we saw a Heron Tree

and some geese

and on the way back, some swans under a weeping willow.

A lovely day out.

23 comments on “Fraggle Report~Washington Wildfowl Trust~March 2017

  1. beetleypete says:

    Looks like a great place. All the shots are first rate, but the duck close-ups are outstanding.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. You go to the best places!Stunning shots must share x

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    1. Thanks Clare ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Jay says:

    Great photos. I really love the mandarin ducks. Beautiful colours you captured there., And actually, I also really like the construction pic!

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    1. Cheers Jay ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. It looks like you had a wonderful day out!! A birder’s paradise, for sure.

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    1. Thanks, it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. “Robin” – not around here, it isn’t!

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    1. Your Robin’s are bigger than ours ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. And they look very different!

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  6. lolabees says:

    Wow! These birds are so beautiful!! Laughing at the bridge from 1 shitty place to another shitty place! Haha! Have I mentioned how impressed I am with your zest for creating adventures in your own home country? I know I thought it, but can’t remember if I wrote it, but it’s very admirable that you go after it the way you do!

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    1. Thanks Laura, you did but it’s cool to be reminded ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. joshi daniel says:

    So much of cuteness ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Joshi ๐Ÿ˜Š


  8. Wonderful images of wildlife. I am particularly spellbound by the mandarin ducks. Amazing colours. And I enjoyed your hubby’s characteristics of the bridge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. steviegill says:

    That’s some great wildlife photography, the otter shots are especially good. And you’ve got to love that never-ending Geordie-Mackem rivalry.

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    1. I know, it’s the law up here ๐Ÿ˜Š


  10. Eddy Winko says:

    Seriously good pics, I especially like the otters, I have always wanted to see one in the wild, ever since watching Tarka many years ago.

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    1. Cheers Eddy, they are cute ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. The birds are beautiful! Fantastic shots Fraggle!๐Ÿ“ธโค๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿฆ

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    1. I love going there, it’s only 10 mins down the road, cheers!


  12. Great photos of wildlife.

    Sounds like your husband shares similar expressions of language with Donald Trump. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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