Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 21, 2010

Frozen

Back to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. All is utterly changed from my last visit in early December, when the skies were filled with birds as the post the one that got away describes.

Now, the waters are frozen, and only a few birds have returned.


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The image of the Transporter bridge and a flock of Canadian geese are reflected off a sheet of ice that covers the waters.

On the ice, a pair of geese stand and survey the scene. They cannot break the ice on which they stand, although their reflexes makes them try.




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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
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Other wildfowl try to cope with the change. Pintails form a group and fly to a small clearing in the ice.
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Pintail (Anas acuta)

Coots make their way across the ice on foot.
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Coot (Fulica atra)
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Teal stand on the ice, preening, before trying to feed.

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Teal (Anas crecca)

Wigeon also struggle on the ice.


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Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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At the edge of the ice, a male Goldeneye dives down for food.
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Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
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Above the ice, a Cormorant flies by.
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Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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On the feeders, Reed Buntings take their fill of seeds
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Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

A Great Tit was also on the feeder.



Great Tit (Parus major)

Finally, high in the sky, a solitary Kestrel hunts.





Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)


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