Did someone mention Goldeneye? I haven't had many good views this winter but, as I left the carpark at Pennington, I saw one steaming towards the hide, so rushed to get there in time.
Fabulous birds when they catch the light and this handsome chap soon had an admirer
She was eyeing him up critically from all angles
The arrival of another female finally triggered a response
He's going for it ... he's gonna do it ... yes, there it is!
The displaying male draws the attentions of a rival
And the least senior makes a hasty retreat
I feel better now I've had my yearly dose of Goldeneye antics, especially in the sunshine
We still have the tame Oystercatcher, which is great for detailed shots.
He mixes it with the ducks who come to be fed, but he still likes fresh water mussels
Look at that handsome guy there in the reflection
Nice colours of Lapwings
I keep looking for Redpolls in the Alders but all I get are these babblers
A rare visit by a Pochard
And with different colour backgrounds
One of the most unusual photos I've taken, in terms of colour, of a Goosander. It's a reflection of red dogwood stems that's giving the purple hint to the water
I was just putting the camera away in the car when I had to get it back out again as a Buzzard flew over
Stunning set Nige, the Goldeneye are always a delight to see, especially when they are in courtship display and good to see the friendly Oyc around. Great capture too of the in flight Buzzard and the handsome Pochard and Goosey-gander.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Lot to learn
Fabulous photos Nige, though I do like the goosander photo, with that tint.
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