This year has been particularly good for seeing Barnacle geese on the Solway.
The numbers on the Solway have risen to over 43,000, which is excellent news given how threatened this population of geese was some 30 or so years ago.
This year the geese seem to have been very amenable for folks who want to take photographs. Their use of spaces close to the road and near to concealed footpaths has been most helpful.
In a couple of months time the Barnacle geese will start to disappear from the Solway coastline as they once again make their long flight to Svalbard in the Arctic for the breeding season. This is a marker of seasonal change on the Solway, indicating a move out of winter and the arrival spring.