Thursday, 31 January 2013

Ferruginous Ducks and Black-necked Swans

Black-necked Swan, Cygnus melancoryphus
Yesterday was Heyshott work party day. We were fortunate with the weather and enjoyed blue skies, though a cold wind blew on those working at the top of a hill. I called in at Arundel  on the way home. No Goldcrests by Lake Swanbourne, but plenty of photo opportunities at Arundel WWT. I saw the Kingfisher zoom to the other side of the lake and photographed Long-tailed Tits again. They move so fast in and out of the rambles and reeds that photography is a challenge, but the soft afternoon light was good. The beautiful  pair of Bewick’s Swans gave a lively display on the lake. They are so graceful and have a captivating call. A pair of Nēnē, the Hawaiian Geese, gave me some close-up shots. I added a few more species to my WWT gallery, including Ferruginous Duck, Black-necked Swan, Common Pochard, Pintail and a Dunnock.
Bewick's Swans, Cygnus columbianus
Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna Autumnalis
Bewick's Swan, Cygnus columbianus
Common Pochard, Aythya Ferina
Ferruginous Duck, Aythya nyroca
Ferruginous Duck, Aythya nyroca
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
usual view of a Long-tailed Tit

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
taken from the Sand Martin hide 100 yards from the opposite side of the lake with a Nikon 70-300mm lens at full zoom.
Marbled Teal, Marmaronetta angustirostris

Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Pintail, Anas acuta
Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose), Branta sandvicensis
Trumpeter Swans, Cygnus buccinator
Red-crested Pochard, Netta rufina 
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
Egyptian Goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus


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