Sunday, 5 January 2014

A Mackerel sky

On Friday I visited Arundel WWT. This morning we had a wonderful mackerel sky sunrise and after giving Sue a lift to her meeting I visited Arundel WWT. All the paths were closed. I then walked round Swanbourne Lake and spotted a couple of Little Grebes fishing and a Cormorant resting in a tree. To my surprise Mark turned up after he found Pagham Harbour too crowded so we walked along the path by the creek leading to the River Arun. Another Cormorant was fishing there. Our walk back along the other side of the creek was thwarted by the flooded path so we had to retrace our steps, making me late to pick Sue up from her meeting.
female Mosquito, Culiseta annulata, the UK's largest mossie
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
leucistic Canada Goose with its mates
I photographed another leucistic (white) goose here in November: http://bit.ly/1ec39lx

Common Pochard, Aythya Ferina female
Coot, Fulica atra
Gadwall, Anas strepera
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Lapwing (Peewit), Vanellus vanellus
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula
Wigeon, Anas penelope
Wigeon, Anas penelope
today:
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
bracket fungus
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
trees down round lake walk:

old tree fall

inflow to mill pond
Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis
this lake is normally a field

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