Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 24, 2013

Foxy

Back at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme cold still grips the reserve.

Canadian geese were a plenty.

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Canada Goose

Shelduck were on the waters too.

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You can see the difference between the male and female in the next photograph, with the male having a knob on their bill, but the female is plain.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

In between the Geese were Little Egrets.

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He struck lucky (for him, but not so for the fish)

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Then he flew off.

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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Grey Herons were also on the reserve.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Lapwings adorned the skies.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

And they decorated Roseberry Topping for a moment.

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A few Golden Plover were on the ground, still showing signs of winter plumage.

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Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Most have probably gone to their upland breeding grounds on the Moors.

There were Curlew.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Another wader to be seen were Redshank.

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Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Wigeon were still on the reserve.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

And so were Goldeneye.

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Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

As well as Shoveler

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Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

and Pochard.

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Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Red breasted mergansers were on the waters.

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And one fine individual preened himself on the bank.

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Red breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

A Peregrine Falcon landed on a post in a field.

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Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

Finally, a fabulous Red Fox graced Paddy’s Pool. He walked straight past the hide, a wonderful treat.

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)


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