Early morning on the river, Day 19- 30 Days Wild

It was an early start this morning, by 6.30 we were on the safety boat for the open water swimming, 4k lock to lock 2016 event.

The swimmers all lined up to start at Eynsham lock and were heading down to just before Kings lock where the finish line was. The current was quite fast due to the amount of rain we have had recently.

Mist covered the fields and the sun was shining over the tree tops, at that time in the morning the air was still and the surface of the water was like a mirror.


Our job was to stay at the back of the swimmers and be ready incase anyone needed assistance.


I took my camera with me hoping I would get a chance to capture some wildlife along the way. There were plenty of geese along side the river, including a barnacle goose mixed in with a gaggle of Greylag geese.

The whole river bank was alive with the sound of Reed warblers hidden amongst the reeds and Reed bunting males perched high on the top of branches as we drifted past.

Unfortunately I didn’t see any Kingfishers, but with a hundred or so swimmers passing by they were probably keeping out of the way.



Reed warbler


Barnacle goose

Barnacle goose


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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