|Up to six Bitterns have been seen at the London Wetland Centre WWT recently. This bird lurked near the WWF hide.|
What I like about the London Wetland Centre is that it successfully combines opportunities to watch exciting birds in an urban environment with the up-close experiences that are so important in ensuring children get something from their visit. Collections are not everyone's cup ot tea, mine included, but short of acres more space (which is obviously impossible at Barnes) it's hard to see how they might be done better.
Ava was probably impressed most with the groups of Red-breasted Geese and the Common Eider in the first pen, and sketched a drake eider with more finesse than I've managed in years:
|Drake Common Eider by Ava Mitchell, aged 11.|
|The artist at work in the Headley Hide.|
|This male Siskin was one of a flock of 10 at the London Wetland Centre ...|
|... and good views were had of females too.|
|The London Wetland Centre WWT reserve, looking back from the Peacock Tower.|