Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Strange Sky and Dabbling Ducks

My recent walk around the local Parkland revealed some interesting sky views and the other main attraction was the dabbling ducks including Wigeon and Gadwall.



The Wigeon is a particularly colourful species of duck and like the Gadwall below, are not easy to get near to as they tend to keep their distance or take flight if you are too close.


The Gadwall although not so colourful, has subtle markings if examined closely.





The high flying immature Mute Swans put on a bit of a display over one of the lakes probably as a result of being driven off the water by an pair of angry adult Mute Swans.

















30 comments:

  1. The silhouette swan flight pictures are very effective. There have been some interesting cloud formations about recently.

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    1. Thanks John, yes I had noticed quite few especially before and after all the rain storms.

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  2. great ducks and swans and skies too Roy; looks like a special place to visit

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    1. Thanks Carole, its a good area to walk, around 600 acres I think.

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  3. Lovely ducks to see Roy but, once the Wigeon start to arrive, unfortunately it can only mean one thing...winter is just around the corner!

    The low angle of the sun at this time of year does produce some spectacular skyscapes.

    Should we be learning a lesson from those Mute Swans?.....Don't let your offspring linger at home for too long or they might start to rule the roost!!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, hmm you may have something there.{:))

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  4. Beautiful waterfowl, but my favourite shots are definitely the birds in the air, set against that dramatic sky. You did well to capture such fleeing moments there, particularly the first air photo featuring the Sun!

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  5. Een prachtig gebied Roy ik kan mij voorstellen dat je als eend het daar best maar je zin hebt.

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    1. Dankzij Nic, het is een groot gebied voor watervogels.
      Thanks Nic, its a great area for wildfowl.

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  6. Great set of photos Roy...Do like photo number 4, of the ducks flying across the sky..
    Found this chap in Blog land from Ireland...http://donegal-wildlife.blogspot.co.uk/ Stuart Dunlop, great Blog well worth a look. Like the idea of recording all living things in one area not just birds but fungi, insects, even Moss. Might start this idea for next year..

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    1. Thanks Amanda, I will take a look at that blog.

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  7. I love these images Roy, so atmospheric :-) I particularly enjoyed the flight shots beneath that stunning November sky and it is always great to see Wigeon as they are amongst my favourite wildfowl :-)

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  8. Some superb shots there Roy. Particularly like the landscape shot 4th from the end (water with the bench in the forefront)....

    Assume you were using a wide-angle lens? May I ask which one?

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    1. Thanks Tricia, actually I was only using my Sony RX100 at 28mm.

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  9. Very nice sky pictures Roy, it seems this month there's a lot of variaty in the sky / clouds. I also love your wigeon picture, the are beautiful but a bit shy. The best picture I think is the one with the bench in front, really wonderful. Thanks Roy!

    Regards,
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne, yes I think its definitely down to all this strange windy wet weather that comes and goes what seems to be every other day at the moment.

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  10. Hey Roy.... I enjoyed these images very much , especially like the birds against that dramatic grey sky!!

    Grace

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  11. Great fun to see these photos. Loved the flying bird photos, especially the ones with the wintry sun.

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  12. Terrific photos. I love the swans against a dramatic sky.

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  13. The wigeon here are also present in large numbers Roy.
    Beautiful ducks are :-)

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    1. Thanks Helma. We have a lot here now.

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  14. Hi Roy

    I love the subtle colours of the sky, the water and the ducks in this post.

    You created a lovely mood.
    Guy

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  15. I love the suble plumage of the gadwall. we are seeing them again here in Tucson for the winter.

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    1. Yes Kathie they have so much more detail if looked closely.

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