Posts Tagged ‘Wildfowl

27
Feb
14

Truly Barnacles

On our Solway Geese Tour last weekend we had some terrific views of winter wildfowl. Perhaps the highlight however was the vast flocks of Barnacle Geese; already girding their loins to travel back to Svalbard in a few weeks. The noise and sight were truly breath-taking.

Barnacle Goose 1

Barnacle Goose

20
Dec
12

Splash of Colour

The winter days are almost at their shortest now. Light is at a premium and the least little bit of cloud starves us of any bright colours. It was during a walk around the lake as the late afternoon was forcing the last little glimmers of brightness for us that we were blown away with a splash of colour.

From beneath the trees hanging over the water swam a Mandarin drake. Originally a species of wildfowl collections Mandarins are now widespread but uncommon wild breeding birds in the UK.

Pushing the cameras capability to its absolute maximum I managed a few photos. It really did add colour to a drab mid winter.

 

Mandarin

 

 




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