Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 11, 2011

Silent Wonder

As dusk fell he swept over the fields on the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

Short-eared owl Asio flammeus)

This Short Eared Owl has taken to fly over the reserve towards dusk, searching for his prey.

Earlier in the day, geese were very prominent on the reserve. Canada geese were very noticeable.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

The geese seem to fill the skies when they fly close by.

At a distance, they are still impressive.

Barnacle geese were also present.

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Also Greylag Geese.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

White-fronted geese were also on the ground amongst the other geese.

White-fronted goose (Anser albifrons)

Wigeon were the most widely seen ducks.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

The small Teal ducks dabbled alongside  the reeds and onto the water.

Teal (Anas crecca)

These small highly patterned ducks contrast with the much larger, but drabber Gadwall.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

In this picture we can see a Shelduck and a Curlew.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Finally, a magnificent Grey Heron, close to the Phil Stead hide.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

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