Birding Cotswolds

Birding Cotswolds

When: April 2017                      Weather: Cool 10C

Leica Q and Nikon P900
After a few days in London, we headed out to the Cotswolds, swinging by the beautiful gardens of Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons for lunch, staying at Lower Slaughter and ending up in Burleigh.

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Le Manoir aux quat saisons, a fine dining restaurant by Raymond Blanc, in the Oxfordshire countryside

 

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the gardens of the restaurant are stunning….the food….less so…

 

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Red kite

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red kite with prey

 

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magpie

 

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Blue tit

 

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blackbird with breakfast

 

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Robin

 

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The charming row of cottages at Bibury..

 

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spectacular goldfinch

 

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Grey wagtail at Bibury

 

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Dunnock or hedge sparrow

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Chiff-chaff

 

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Linnet

 

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tranquil Lower SLaughter

 

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Broadway Tower

 

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Extensive fields of rapeseed

 

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A Yellowhammer at Broadway

 

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wren

 

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Our visit coincided with the profuse blooming of blue bell meadows…

 

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bluebells upclose

 

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Beautiful british flowering plant…similar to cherry blossoms

 

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We ended our stay in the Cotswolds at the charming Burleigh Court Hotel

 

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Soft warm light at daybreak, Burleigh

 

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Taking a walk around the country lanes in Burleigh, the dandelions glowed in the morning light

 

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And then in a little grassy meadow, this colourful head popped up…

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from a long away, the absolutely beautifully coloured common or ring necked pheasant!

 

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An introduced bird, it was the star bird of the day

 

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The male and female common pheasant

 

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female pheasant

 

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Slaughters Country Inn

 

The Cotswolds is a charming area west of London, just a couple of hours away…filled with charming images of stone cottages, streams, meadows and incredible refuge from London when you want some peace and quiet.  Oh and the birding’s not bad too….

Highly recommended.

 

 

 

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