Over 100000 Brent geese over Winter in the UK. We see many along our coast here in Southampton. They are small goose – a little larger in size to a mallard. It has a black head and neck and grey-brown back, with either a pale or dark belly. The adult birds have a small white neck patch. It flies in flocks along the coastline moving along as the tide changes. They are shy and noisy and easily disturbed.
These birds were at Hamble Point today and taken from the van window in the rain. There were about 25 birds in this flock.
Hamble river and point. After a few days of heavy rain and gales, the weather today is much clearer.
Lots of low sun and colour casts on the river. There were many Oystercatchers grabbing the last bit of the mud as the tide came in.
October 5th and another bright day the sea had an odd hazy misty light and foghorns were blasting out on Southampton Water. I decided the water was so clear that I would have a swim.
So on with the wetsuit and I took the plunge. “fresh” was the overall temperature of the water.
Venture below the water a host of wildlife was on view from seaweeds to small fish swimming in shoals.
the fish were each about 4 inches long.
Black-headed gull also enjoying the sea.