Friday, 17 January 2014

Black-necked Swans and a Harlequin Duck

Black-necked Swans, Cygnus melancoryphus
This afternoon I spent an hour at Arundel WWT. Enough paths were open now that flood levels have subsided to enable me to walk all round the reserve. It was good to see the family of 8 black-necked Swans in adult livery. I recall seeing tiny fluffy cygnets in June. The Harlequin Duck was shovelling his beak into the waterfall and the birds at the feeding station gave me a lively show.
the cygnets in June last year
female Blackbird, female, Turdus merula
male Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
this Chaffinch has a growth on its right leg
Leg and foot growths can have number of causes: A Virus, Fringilla papillomavirus, mites of the genus Knemidocoptes and bacterial infection of wounds.

female Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
Great Tit, Parus major

Harlequin Duck, Histrionicus histrionicus

Magpie, Pica pica

Nuthatch, Sitta europaea

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