OK, let’s get the dramatic weight figure out of the way first – that’s a measurement taken just after getting home on a warm day after doing a fair bit of walking, so it’s definitely a temporary thingy. But it is the lowest weight of the year so far, which means I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
While I was waiting for my iPhone to have its new battery fitted yesterday, I had a bit of a wander, and picked up some “places to go” leaflets. One was for the Washington Wetland Centre, a place I’ve been vaguely aware of, but had never got round to visiting. Well, today I found that tuit and headed off. Getting there involves a bus to Washington Galleries, then another one to Waterview Park (that’s the No 8), and from there it’s a short walk to the centre. Admission (with the ubiquitous Gift Aid) was £10.40 – you can save a bit of money by buying tickets online in advance if you’re so inclined.
Once in, you’re free to walk around a large site with an amazing variety of birdlife – more varieties of swans than I knew existed, geese, ducks, flamingoes, otters. Err, hold on, otters aren’t actually birds, but they’re part of the package, so there. You get to walk though woodland, along a ludicrously scenic part of the River Wear, and wear your feet out. The site cafe provided a perfectly delicious brie sandwich, and I enjoyed the experience enormously.
If you’re going, allow several hours – it’ll take that long to just walk around all the paths, depending on how long you take to watch the birdies.
Numerous photos have, of course, been taken, but for now here’s a lovely black swan:
Shutter speed: 1/120s
Focal length: 115mm
Taken: 24 May, 2017
 Note for any US readers: this is the original Washington, not any leftpondian version
 I’m not an ornithologist…
 Included so I can mention that Wear and wear aren’t pronounced the same