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In search of fluffy ducklings

2012.04.27
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I haven't been able to identify this pretty little duck - if anyone knows the species please do tell me!
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I found this White Faced Whistling Duck nestling contentedly on the bank of the lake.
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Believe it or not this cute little cygnet will eventually become a striking Black Necked Swan.
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It's never too early to go chasing stray seeds!
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I always have fun shooting the smaller birds in the reserve's feeding areas. This bluetit was very puzzled by my antics.
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It looks like this robin has been having a tough time chasing round after his family, judging by the state of his plumage.
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For once the local nuthatch stayed still for long enough for me to catch it on camera.
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Two rather vocal Canada Geese
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Time for a rest among the Bewick's Swans.
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This Greylag Goose spotted me as I peered out of a hide window....
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....then decided to demonstrate his impressive wings for me!
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With the prospect of some sunny weather I decided to visit the WWT reserve in Arundel today to see if I could find any cute, fluffy duckling to photograph. Sadly I found relatively few (I suspect a lot are still waiting to hatch) but I did see some adorable baby Black Necked Swans and there were quite a few Mallard ducklings around too. Blessed rather more light than I had at the WWT’s London reserve last Friday I had a much better hit rate and caught plenty of other birds on camera too, as they went about their business in the sunshine.
16 Comments
karmankwarner You are an AMAZING photographer. These are beautiful.
karmankwarner · 2012-04-27: 19:38
NellyBly Absolutely gorgeous shots!! Love #2 so much..#3 is amazing that white fluff will be a Black Necked Swan!
NellyBly · 2012-04-27: 20:09
danrav Totally awesome, Helen. What a wonderful set of lovely shots. Wow.
danrav · 2012-04-27: 20:20
lgnelson #9 is wonderful! Love all the rest, too!
lgnelson · 2012-04-27: 22:50
mwbergeron01 # 2 and 9 are gorgeous close-ups! Wonderful set here!
mwbergeron01 · 2012-04-27: 23:25
inawe So very awesome! I can't pick a favourite. Love every single one.
inawe · 2012-04-28: 00:43
josy63 A magnificent set. I like these close-up and particularly 7 which shows its tongue... Fantastic !!
josy63 · 2012-04-28: 00:48
davids Great success I would say - the cygnet is too cute to be true and the Bewick swan shot is a classic
davids · 2012-04-28: 02:53
djnana #1-6 and 10 are completely captivating, although #3 is perhaps my favorite. Your camera work is always outstanding, Helen, but especially today!
djnana · 2012-04-28: 07:36
jennyLit adorable! i love #2!
jennyLit · 2012-04-28: 10:00
????? these are gorgeous, well done!!
????? · 2012-04-28: 10:24
Annbramwell Beautiful, that cygnet is absolutely adorable...
Annbramwell · 2012-04-28: 12:05
JustmeG Omg! this is one of the most beautiful set of birds I've ever seen here on PB! btw, I think the first duck is called the Fulvous Whistling duck ;))
JustmeG · 2012-04-28: 19:10
mystic1 WOw so cool love the babies
mystic1 · 2012-04-29: 00:36
Melusine Stunning images!
Especially #2 and 3 is quite unique :)
Melusine · 2012-04-29: 05:38
snowpie Lovely. I envy you the time you have to take those pictures!
snowpie · 2012-04-29: 11:51
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