Friday, 11 October 2013

On The Wild Side of Castle Espie

Following on from yesterday's post, we are still at Castle Espie WWT and these photographs are the wildlife and scenes I encountered.

This Little Grebe was in the pond overlooking the Limekiln Pavilion. 

This is a beautiful observatory overlooking the shores of Strangford Lough.  Unfortunately the tide was out and although there were thousand of Pale bellied Brent on the far shore, they were to far away to photograph.

 This wall is part of the old pier that I mentioned to you yesterday.

 Mute Swan

View from the Turtle hide.

Gadwall female

Gadwall male

 On the far shore there were Greylag and 1 Barnacle goose

I hope you enjoyed this post.  

Thank you for visiting.

I appreciate all the people who left comments yesterday and enjoyed the history of Castle Espie.


  1. What a glorious, peaceful spot. Thank you.

  2. I love the little house with the grass roof, also the wonderful big tree with the moss. But my favorite today has to be the spectacular photo of the Mute Swan in flight!! You have captured the houses and trees underneath him so beautifully, and they are all falling away as he flies right toward you! This is a really thrilling photo!

  3. Beautiful pictures Margaret.
    Beautiful shelter to photograph birds.
    The flying mute swan is on my wish list for years.

  4. pretty walk and scenery and I love the ducks

  5. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  6. i love to see grebes and gadwalls. both lovely. like the shadows of the walkway, too.

  7. what stunning birds, I looked very close at the Gadwells and hated to admit that Mr G is a bit fancier than his Mrs...someone has got to change these dressing rules ;-). Huge mushrooms, eatable? Impressive observatory and is the swan really mute?

  8. Hi Margaret!
    Wonderful and very peaceful place ...
    Birds are beautiful refuge.
    I admire your great photos.
    I wish you a nice weekend.

  9. A great variety of birds there - what a wonderful reserve. Lovely photos again.

  10. Cracking shots Margaret, especially the Gadwalls, superb.

  11. You got some lovely shots of the birds. The one of the mute swan in flight is wonderful.