Welney.Norfolk.December 2008.

For the last couple of years I've visited Welney to capture images of the swans wintering there. On this occasion it was a clear cold morning that looked promising. As the sun started to leave the horizon everything was bathed in a glorious orange glow. The swans started to leave the reserve and fly over the bank to feed in the fields. I set myself up and waited for them to pass overhead.

You would hear them and try to judge where they would appear giving just seconds before they were in the wrong position to capture images. This proved to be fun trying to get some decent shots and certainly kept my mind off the below freezing temperature outside the car. I also tried for some silhouette shots against the sky that was still a deep colour but clouding over.

It didn't take long for the sun to gain some height and show the swans true colours. What bugs me is why the WWT reserve opens at 10am. By the time id gained entry to the reserve most of the swans were off feeding in fields and the weather had taken a turn for the worse and the light was awful and so i had to call it a day. Just a hour or two earlier would of produced more images from better weather instead of having to wait for the opening and impending dullness. Oh well next year might be better.