Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 19, 2019

Delightful ducklings

The wheel of life has spun fully around again as the ducklings and goslings return to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

First the Mallard chicks. A brood sneaks into the grasses


then under the fence beneath the feeders at Wildlife Watchpoint hide in search of fallen seeds.

Other pairs have younger chicks.

And this bird preens itself alone.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

The Canada Geese goslings have their ever watchful parents over them.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Note they only have one gosling left.

A more successful pair gather their goslings between them.

The parents are busy, and yet they must still preen themselves.

On the island overlooked by Paddy’s Pool hide is a colony of Black Headed Gulls, again with their chicks.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Greylag Geese were also on the reserve.

These pair were calmly watching out for predators until something provoked them to fly.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The Common Terns have returned to us for the summer.

There are no signs of chicks yet, but they are nesting on the specially prepared islands for them moored in the lakes.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Gadwall, one of our larger ducks were on Paddy’s Pool.

The male has a fine herringbone camouflage pattern.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

A male Shoveler passed by.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Coots are ever present on the reserve.

Coot (Fulica atra)

as are Lapwings.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

and Shelducks.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

In front of it was an Avocet, one of many which visit us in the summer.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Finally, by Greatham Creek 2km north of the reserve, Harbour Seals rest on the mudflats.

Harbour (Common) Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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