Yesterday we were blessed with one of those bright blue Spring days. The sky was clear and the air was almost warm when off we went to the Newport Wetlands, an RSPB sanctuary for birds and wildlife. It sits on the estuary at the edge of Newport city and despite its industrial setting, offers lovely walks where you can observe many different bird species and listen to their glorious singing. Of course, it being Mothers day, we were not the only ones who wanted a peaceful walk but we managed to time our arrival in the afternoon so that we missed most of the crowds.
The best part of the walk for me was that one of the swans was feeling particularly brave, and swam to within a couple of feet of where I stood watching- camera in hand. It is not often that the swans come so close and this one in my photos was drifting lazily on the current, preening and cleaning its feathers- completely at ease with its fascinated audience! I also managed to photograph some Canada geese and although I tried to catch a sparrow hawk in action, my camera lens doesn’t have particularly good zoom capabilities so sadly I have no decent photos of the sparrowhawk to show you. On the plus side, I now have some fairly decent reference photos of swans and geese for future drawings.