BLACK-HEADED GULL PREENING… PHOTO SEQUENCE


This sequence shows a winter-plumaged black-headed gull having a serious preening session in winter sunshine….Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes01 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes02 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes03Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes04Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes05Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes06 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes07 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes08 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes09 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes10 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes11 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes12 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes13 Black-headed Gull Preening, WWT Barnes14

CORMORANT STUDIES AT WWT BARNES


Cormorant WWT 12Cormorant WWT 1Cormorant WWT 5Cormorant WWT 8Splosh! Gull Photobomb! It wasn’t there when I decided to press the trigger…Cormorant WWT 4 (gull photobomb)Itchy neck? You just have to scratch it…Cormorant WWT 6Relaxed now, thanks…Cormorant WWT 7Cormorant WWT 9Cormorant WWT 10Cormorant WWT 11

Cormorant WWT 13Last sight of the one on the small rock: “Hey, photographer, for !@£$%&* sake leave me alone, ok?”Cormorant WWT 14

RINGED TEAL PAIR PREENING IN LATE SUNSHINE


This sequence shows a pair of Ringed Teal preening in late autumn sunshine. The series of images shows the movements of both birds and the marked variations in the colouring of the male over a few minutes. At one stage the vivid green sheen of the wings gave way to dark blue. I was also trying to use the water behind them to create an impressionistic effect, which has worked in a way.

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BLACK-HEADED GULLS: FUN IN THE SUN


Halloween. Frequently a wet, cold and dreary day concluding with dubiously decked-out children ‘scarily’ collecting sweets with watchful parents in the shadows (and the odd teenage chancers ditto, but without the parents ). But this year on a warm sunny October 31st I went to have a look at some birds. To start with here are some black-headed gulls (winter plumage) enjoying a serious bathing and preening session at WWT Barnes.   

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HOW COOTS FEED THEIR CHICKS (VIDEO)


A couple of days ago I wanted to photograph some birds – Black-bellied Whistling Ducks for my main blog – at WWT Barnes at a moment when I had no camera with me. So I had to use my phone. There were some coots feeding their chicks in an amusing routine involving a great deal of work by the parents. I was amused by the little chick that didn’t join the frenzy, but quietly grazed on the vegetation at the edge of the pond.

OTTERS AT WWT BARNES (VIDEO)


[vimeo https://vimeo.com/55522079]

MUSCOVY DUCKS: THE MATING GAME


This is going to be a bit awkward for me. And for you. We are all going to have to be very adult about this. If you are sensitive about discussing… intimacies, then look away now. Because we are going to have to confront the facts with courage and fortitude. Ducks have sex. Oh, you didn’t quite catch that? They have Sex. SEX. SEX. Let’s call it something less.. well, I think mating is the correct word, although given the fact that the female suffers total submersion during the proceedings, ‘ducking’ would not be wholly out of place…

Muscovy ducks turn out to be very interesting in this area. A quick piece of research about them unearthed this unbeatable wiki-nugget of anatidaean life: “Male Muscovy Ducks have spiralled penises which can become erect to 20 cm in one third of a second. Females have cloacas that spiral in the opposite direction to try to limit forced copulation by males”. 

SPRINGTIME. I THINK IT’S TIME TO FIND MYSELF… A LADY FRIEND

OH MY GOODNESS. THAT “1/3 OF A SECOND THING” IS STARTING TO HAPPEN…

QUICK. AH. THERE’S ONE. SHE LOOKS NICE. LET’S SEE HOW THINGS DEVELOP.

YAY! I ENJOYED THAT

ME TOO… I THINK      

YES, ALL OK NOW        

WATERBIRD RECREATION: CORMORANTS, HERONS, SEAGULLS & COOTS


A WATERBIRD RECREATION AREA… TAKEN FROM A DISTANCE

ADULT & JUVENILE CORMORANTS PREENING, GREY HERONS, SEAGULLS, & TWO COOTS PLAYING CHASE

WHITE HEADED DUCKS


WHITE HEADED DUCKS AT WWT BARNES

RED CRESTED POCHARDS, FERRUGINOUS & WHITE FACED WHISTLING DUCKS


THREE SPECIES OF REDDISH DUCK AT WWT BARNES

1. RED CRESTED POCHARDS 

2. FERRUGINOUS DUCKS 

3. WHITE FACED WHISTLING DUCKS 

THESE TWO WERE LITERALLY ‘NECKING’ FOR ABOUT A MINUTE…