We had the company of the BBC's Diane Oxberry and a film crew, who filmed the entire catch. North West readers of this blog will be able to watch this on BBC's North West Tonight (to be scheduled). The news team are planning on following the progress of a migrating Whooper Swan back to Iceland this spring. I'll keep the blog posted on when this piece is to be aired.
125 Whooper Swans caught today
3 controls (from Iceland)
5 adult male Whoopers were fitted with transmitters and their progress can be followed on our website here.
It was nice to catch Martin Mere's oldest known swan, V3T the ''Wanderer'' who at the age of 22 was first ringed in Iceland as a cygnet in 1988 - on WWT's very first expedition there. Donna & Geoff Atherton who read this blog will be pleased to know this as they saw him on Shetland in November 2009. (see the comments of that blog post here)