Nine intrepid twitchers from our volunteer team met at Harrison’s for a soup and sandwich lunch before getting our wellies on, and, led by Gemma and her trusty ‘scope, we tramped across the lough shore towards Chapel Island.
At the moment there are around 22,000 Brent Geese on Strangford Lough. Family groups wheel overhead before they land, exhausted from their long flight from Iceland. Still more to arrive.
Eel Grass is the favourite food of the Brents, and on Strangford there is plenty for all.
As well as Brent we spotted a kestrel hovering, bluetit, wren, plover, widgeon, lots of swans and a bar tailed godwit.
Homeward bound across the low tide of the lough.
Our footsteps mingled with those of the geese.
Thanks Gemma for arranging the lunch, the tides, the weather and a lovely day out.