Wild Swans at the Ouse Washes
On a cold, windy, morning the following month we took a trip to the Ouse Washes in Cambridgeshire. On route we noticed that many of the overhead electric cables had tags tied to them at intervals. This is to make them more visible to the swans hopefully avoiding collision and certain death for the birds.
Long before we reached our destination we heard a murmur of calls, rising to a cacophony as we drew closer. Beside the river on our left, the flooded fields contained over 100 Whooper Swans!
The windows of the hide looked over the river, towards Ely Cathedral in the distance. With the sun low and in front of us, getting good exposures of white birds meant being careful not to underexpose.
Being screwed to the floor, it wasn't possible to move the benches to allow more room for the tripod legs. The solution was to position myself in the corner of the hide. (Why do I always leave the hide clamp in the car when I need it?) I then had the corner post in the way, limiting my viewing opportunities.