Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 6, 2015

Ouroboros and Oystercatchers

The seasons turn, like the ouroborus, which forever eats his own tail.

Ouroboros

The ouroboros symbolizes cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself.  Such is the annual winter return of the Lapwings, Golden Plover and Curlew to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

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This mixed cloud of Lapwings and Golden Plover is typical for the time of year, as they both shelter on the reserve for the winter.

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These are predominantly Golden Plover, who have the pointed wings,

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Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

compared to the Lapwings more rounded pattern, and distinctive white bellies.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

On the ground were the Curlew, with their distinctive curved beak.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

As were a group of sixty Barnacle Geese in the far distance.

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Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Wigeon flew through the air to land on the waters.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Shelduck flew overhead.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

We leave the reserve this time of year with another animation of the Golden Plover and Wigeon wheeling across the darkening skies.

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