Slimbridge Wetland Centre

I recently visited Slimbridge Wetland Centre for the first time, a Wildlife & Wetlands Trust site. This centre has easy to access walkways & hides that give you close-up views of of their captive wildlife, both local and exotic species, plus it has several bird hides that allow you to view the local wildlife in the surrounding area outside of the reserve.

The centre also has a large car park and a decent range of amenities including a restaurant. Here is a link to their website home page for more information.

This is a selection of the wildlife seen on my visit.

The local wildlife

Pintail Ducks (Anas acuta)

Pintail Ducks
Pintail Ducks

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

My first sighting of the Eider Duck (Somateria mollissima) and the Smew (Mergus albellus)

Eider Duck
Eider Duck

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

I also tried out a B&W conversion on this shot which I kinda like

Eider Duck Black & White
Eider Duck Black & White

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

A male Smew

Male Smew
Male Smew

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

A Female Smew

Female Smew
Female Smew

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Black-tailed Godwit

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

and my first decent shot of a Bewick’s swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Bewick's swan
Bewick’s swan

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

 

The exotic species included flamingos and ducks

Flamingoes
Flamingoes

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

Flamingo
Flamingo

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

Duck
Exotic Duck

Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO DG lens at F6.3.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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