Monday, 27 December 2010

Attenborough Ducks

We were back in Nottingham today to take Mum-in-law home.
Time was a bit limited so I spent an hour or so around the visitor centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve.
The water around the centre was one of the only areas on the whole reserve that wasn't frozen, so it was absolutely packed with ducks, most of which were taking advantage of the grain that was being thrown in to feed them.
 Even normally shy species like Pochard and Tufted Ducks were showing as close as a couple of yards.
female Pochard
Drake Tufted Duck
One bird that was obviously an escape was this Bahama or White-cheeked Pintail.
Bahama Pintail

pair of Egyptian Geese on the roof of Nature Reserve Visitor Centre

Two female and one drake Red-crested Pochard are of unknown origin.
Drake Red-crested Pochard
female Red-crested Pochard

Drake Pochard
 Behind the Visitor Centre are several bird feeders and these played host to several Tree Sparrows, a large flock of Long-tailed Tits, a few Great and Blue and a single Willow Tit.

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