Greylags in the valley
Weighing in at 1.5 kg more than a grey heron, it’s the greylag. This bird is the largest goose native to the UK. They are a fairly common sight on the fields along the Breamish Valley and can be seen at both Branton Lakes Nature Reserve and the Hedgeley Lakes.
While it is bulkier than the grey heron, its wingspan is less (147-180 cm compared to the heron’s 155–195 cm). It does make a wonderful sight as it powers its way through the Breamish skies: