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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Winter sun

A small selection from some recent excursions to my local lake, Caldecotte.

We’ve had a lot of dull days, and plenty of snow, but occasionally a sunrise on a cold winters day, is just too good not to share.


 The morning after Christmas Day; and a great day it turned out to be.



 A female Goldeneye, enjoying some much needed sun.



 A female Goosander, with her beautiful red head, just behind a dozing male Tufted Duck.



 Some wonderfully noisy Canada Geese, as they flew by.



 And in contrast, a silent male Mallard.


And Christmas Day, proved just as good, with the sun shining later in the morning.



 Two beautiful Siskin stopped feeding long enough for a portrait, against a rare blue sky,



 and a Robin, fluffed himself up against the cold, and posed for his portrait.


Aren’t birds just beautiful?



More birds over at WBW






39 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, love the sun shining through the tree!

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  2. Oh that first image is just startlingly beautiful! I hope others will click on it to enlarge. It's a beauty!

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  3. Thank you Nicole. It was a beautiful sunrise. :)

    Thanks Hilary. I almost didn't make it to that spot, to capture it. lol
    It was worth getting out of breath for ;)

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  4. Beautiful sunrise,and quite an exceptional day birdwise,especially the in-flight photos of the Geese and the Mallard. Boom & Gary.

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  5. How lucky you are to have sun in the middle of the winter!
    Say hello to those ducks!
    Regards

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  6. Thanks Gary. Days like that make you appreciate life all the more ;)

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  7. Thank you Wind. Just the two days of sun, so had to make the most of it. Had fog and rain since then lol

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  8. Great set of photos Keith, love the fluffed up Robin.

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  9. Thanks Trevor. That Robin was so bold; he watched my every move until I fed him.

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  10. hi Keith, great sunrise and some cracking flight shots, well done mate.

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  11. The scene shot with the tree is brilliant Keith.

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  12. Grand shots as usual Keith. You have excelled with the geese.

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  13. Thats a beautiful sunrise for sure! You always get some great action shots, these are great!!!
    Happy New Yr to you!

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  14. I turned on my computer this fine WBW morning to find your wonderful post. I stared off into your amazing winter sun landscape for a few minutes before moving on into your beautiful birds. One must really "click to enlarge" your magical pictures to appreciate fully what you've caught here. A supremely peaceful and beautiful post! ;-)WBW

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  15. Your photos are lovely! I would say I liked one the best but, in reality, I liked them all!

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  16. Thanks Bob. The morning sun was great.

    Thank you Roy. I almost missed this too.

    Thanks Adrian. I love it when the geese all go off together.

    Dixxe, thank you. All the best in the New Year too. :)

    Thank you Katherine. I’m glad you enjoyed them :)

    EmptyNester, thank you for your comment. :)

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  17. Lovely series of images, that sunrise is gorgeous :-)

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  18. What a great selection of beautiful bird shots! The sunrise pic is absolutely gorgeous! Love both composition and light.

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  19. Thanks JM, appreciate your comments.

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  20. Beautiful images as expected and i love the Robin bigging himself up. My personal favourite though is the composure of the sunrise.

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  21. Another great post. Yes, I am always lurking in the background, sorry for the lack of comments.
    Now that I know what to call it, I really like the Robin.
    Save your money and take a trip over here and we (wife and I) will lead you through Yellowstone and the Tetons in Wyoming. I have references from the local Sheriff as to my sanity or lack thereof. :) All you need is air fare to Salt Lake International, money for hotel and food. The car and driver are on me. I'm also hoping that you forget your 100-400 lens when you return home. ;)

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  22. Thanks Andrew. Robins have a knack of looking special, don't they lol

    Dale, thank you very much. That is an offer I'm very tempted to take you up on. That would be a wonderful experience. I'll do my best to save. :)

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  23. all of them, I miss them. Will take a while before they comes back. Great shots!

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  24. Stunning image of the sun . Love the color and yes Birds are beauiful.
    Happy New year and all the very best of photos and health.

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  25. Wonderful images, Keith. The sunrise photo is just gorgeous. And who couldn't love that fluffy robin?

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  26. A delightful series of photos! The little goldeneye is so cute!

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  27. Beautiful photos as always Keith. The sunrise through the tree is magnificent and the birds are beautiful. I especially like the in-flight shots of the goose and the Mallard. But the fluffed up Robin, priceless!

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  28. NatureFootstep Birds, thank you. :)

    Thank you Lisa :)

    Linda, thank you. The Robin is such a bold bird at times; almost fearless.

    Greyscale Territory, thank you :)

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  29. Thanks Larry. Yea, those Robins can be such posers at times lol

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  30. Nice variety of birds! I love the Siskins and the Robin! Are Canada geese as common in the UK as they are here?

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  31. Hilke, thank you. The Canada Geese are very common here. At my local lake, at times there are hundreds. I love seeing them, especially when they noisily take to the air.

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  32. fantastic shots Keith. the first one is my fav though.

    Happy New Year!

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  33. really like the way in the first shot the tree is in front of the sun

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  34. Thank you Doreen. Have a great New Year too.

    Thank you for stopping by Greg, and leaving a comment.

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  35. What a glorious sunrise!
    That photo is living room wall perfect :)
    Love the birdies. The small ones are so puffed up :) Must be cold ;)
    And the water fowl are way cool too. Amazing nature you have there!

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  36. Thank you Nicole. Glad you enjoyed them.
    Have a great New Year

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