Friday, 17 April 2015

Coot

The coot is all black with a splash of white on it's forehead.
Common in village ponds, parkland waters and even inner city lakes and ponds.
It is capable of diving deep, with the aid of it's partially webbed feet, in order to get food.
From a distance it appears the coot is all black but in fact if you get close enough you can see that it also has flecks of grey in it's feathers.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Dunnock

Often mistaken for a house sparrow the dunnock is one of the commonest backyard visitors in the UK.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mallard Stretching

After waking up from a quick sleep next to a pond in the park this mallard, just like us humans, was in need of a good stretch to loosen up and get the blood flowing.
I happened to be just about to take a picture of it when this happened and managed to capture the right moment.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Mallard

When I have got some time to spare I often get my camera out and start taking some pictures to add to my collection. One of the places I visit is an area of parkland close to where I live.
In this park there is a pond and there are loads of opportunities to capture images of the various types of birds that frequent this waterway.
Here is a mallard captured on a cold but sunny day in february.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Seagull


In local parkland close to where I live there are a lot of seagulls sharing the the same pond that many other waterbirds use.
Often there are parents with their children and they bring a big bag of bread with them for their children to throw to the ducks. The seagulls have soon realised that this is a popular occurance and have seized the opportunity to get an easy meal.
When I was a kid we hardly ever seen these gulls so far inland.
When people start to throw food into the pond the gulls will swarm from all around and create a feeding frenzy.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Magpie

Quietly waiting on the bank of a lake for the possible return of a heron, I watched this magpie strut all the way from a nearby bridge. I don't know if the magpie knew I was there but I managed to capture this image.