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Wetlands

On Sunday after Kidwelly Castle we went to the Welsh National Wetland Centre.

overcast 12 °C

To get to the Wetlands Centre you had to follow the brown duck signs. When we got there the first thing we noticed was a bright pink plastic flamingo poking it's head over the fence surrounding the Centre. A plaque on the door notified us that David Attenborough had officially opened the Wetland Centre. We only had two hours so we paid our entrance fees and bypassed the Information Centre. Through the doors and out into the Welsh sunshine. There were birds everywhere. The first ones that we saw were mallard ducks, which are very common in most parts of the world. We looked at the map and decided to do half of the grounds and come back another time and do the rest when we had more time. We walked around and saw so many birds that we lost count.
Some of the birds we saw were: mallards, mandarin ducks, barnacle geese, white-fronted geese, Canadian geese, ruddy-headed geese, red-breasted geese, tufted ducks, white-headed ducks, blue-beaked ducks, shelducks, eiders, puna teals, teals of every kind, black-necked swans, black swans, mute swans, whooping swans, Bewick's swans and the eternally cute bufflehead ducks.
There was a playground, and tubs of feed you could feed the ducks with, and lots of activities for kids. The best birds there by far were the flamingos. There were heaps of flamingos, and a special house equipped with heat lamps for them to rest in. The water had to be kept really salty, and the flamingos kept squabbling and fighting for the best patch of water, or ground, or sunlight. They were really noisy and really, really pink!

Hi to everyone in Nz, photos to follow!
Emily

Posted by Smithys 09:04 Archived in Wales Tagged wetlands #llanelli

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