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Thursday, 1 November 2012

New post, new month



I've been a bit busy recently, but here's a few pictures from the last few days.




Slavonian Grebe.


This has been at Wilstone Reservoir for a few days. Lovely little bird, and drawing quite a crowd at times.







Another couple of 'celebrities' are the regular pair of Whooper Swans.




Don't look 'plastic' to me.




No doubting the origin of these.




This pair have raised a good number of cygnets over the years, and bring them every year to WWT Welney. The male is called Baldur.








It's not just Whooper Swans at Welney,




Pochard, male.





Mallard, male



but the Whoopers are the stars for now.








And with all these birds around, tempers get a little frayed at times.





A great day out there, and well worth a visit.






36 comments:

  1. Beautiful ducks and swans you have there. We don't get whoopers here so it's interesting to see them.

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  2. Very nice shots Keith! Love the Slavonian Grebe, I have never seen one as well as that!
    J
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  3. The Slavonian Grebe is the greatest, but, yes, it is the day for Whooper Swans.

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  4. Excellent series of images Keith, from two great days out...[;o)

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  5. These are all beautiful, Keith. That little grebe is sweet. I can see why it's drawing a crowd. The Pochard is beautiful with the sun highlighting its eye and head.

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  6. Good set of images Keith, nice close ups and looks like you had some good light also, which is a bit rare, lol.

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  7. all of your shots are beautiful. such great birds.

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  8. The Slav' grebe has be tempted to leave the county, lovely bird. I'm yet to visit Welney it too looks like a visit is needed. Great images

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  9. A great collection of feathered friends. I love the action shots and I especially love the male Pochard. That's a new one to me.

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  10. Your photos of these birds are just beautiful. Keith, have a great weekend.

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  11. Thanks Dina. They're lovely swans.

    John, it was very co-operative, swimming just a few feet from the edge.

    Thanks Bob. Managed to see some excellent birds over the last week.

    Certainly was Trevor. Planning next week now lol

    Thanks Kelly. I've been very lucky this week. Some great birds around.

    Thanks Bob. The Welney visit was sunshine all day.

    Theresa, thank you. :-)

    Thanks Doug. Wilstone has some good birds drop in there, and Welney is well worth a visit. A shame they don't open till 10 a.m. though.

    Thanks Hilary. The Pochard is a beauty when you can get close to them.

    Horst, thank you. Enjoy your weekend too.

    Sam and Lisa, thanks for stopping by, and your comment.

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  12. I knew that the Slav would be just a bit too tempting for you Keith.
    Great shots.

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  13. Yea, I'll be a twitcher yet Rob lol
    Cracking little bird.

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  14. Beautiful, Keith. That last shot made me laugh. Looks like the swans are playing a little game of "Duck, Duck, Goose." :)

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  15. OH that little Grebe is so cute! Love the swans, they are awesome looking!

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  16. Great to see the Whoopers....I woften wonder if rare migrant birds like the Slovenian Grebe survive on their own.

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  17. Superb post Keith and with some stunning shots. What amazing views of the Slav Grebe.....

    Well done

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  18. Thanks Linda. Those swans seemed quite aggressive at times. Considering the distance they've traveled, you'd think they would chill out for a bit.

    Thanks Sondra. I've seen some great birds recently.

    Adrian, sometimes they sort themselves out, and move on to where they should be. Unfortunately most don't.

    Cheers Dave. It was showing really well. Not sure if it's still around though.



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  19. A lovely set of photos Keith. Well done on the Slavonian Grebe! The Whoopers are beautiful and so is the Pochard, a very striking looking duck I always think.

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  20. Many wonderful photos, Keith. I like the "synchronized whoopers", flying one above the other.

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  21. Thanks Jan. There were more male Pochard at Welney than anything else. Sunshine too; perfect.

    Thanks Petra. It was good to see them all, and quite noisy at times.

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  22. Hi Keith hope you are well great pics love the shots at Woburn maybe we can go up there together when i get back from Vietnam all the best speak soon .
    Scott

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  23. Cheers Scott. Looks like you're having a good time in Vietnam.
    Be good to catch up when you're back.

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  24. Keith, this is a beautiful set of images. No wonder there's a crowd - the grebe is a real beauty.

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  25. Thanks Choi Wai. It's a lovely little bird, especially the summer plumage.

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  26. Keith these are fantastic images, love the Slavonian Grebe and Whooper Swans,they are magic.
    John.

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  27. Thanks John. That little grebe is a lovely bird.

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  28. I came late to the party but I love those swans, especially in the air. A great post.

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  29. Thanks JoLynne, glad you enjoyed the 'party'. :-)

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  30. Beautiful message Keith.... Nice to see these big swann, isn't it... I will send you a couple more for that pochard ;-)
    That picture of pochard is my fav...

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  31. Chris, it's lovely to see these winter visitors here. We got plenty of Pochard here lol

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  32. Lovely images Keith.
    Whats this about you and the Lady in the Satnav.?

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  33. Roy, she's very polite, and reasonably clever, but does have a habit of butting in a conversation.

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  34. Great portrait in this post! Good work ;)

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