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Pitsford Reservoir 2

More pictures from the visit to the reservoir.

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A male mallard

A group of mallards, male and female

A pair of lapwings

Canada geese, feeding

A greylag goose

But I was particularly intrigued by this scene.  Can birds really read?  Have they accepted the sign literally without noticing the spelling mistake?  Are they waiting for their apples?

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Pitsford Reservoir 1

Two days ago there was a break in this seemingly endless spell of wet weather.  The sun shone; the air was bright and crisp  –  it was an invitation to get out and about with the camera.  I decided to visit the local reservoir  –  a fortuitous choice.

Pitsford Reservoir at this time is a busy place.  It is a popular winter resort for geese, particularly Canada geese and Greylags.

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It was a time for basking in the sun and for ablutions.

This picture shows just a portion of a very long ‘convoy’ of geese, comprising both Canada and greylags.

Inevitably, there were many gulls.

At frequent intervals huge flocks of birds  –  I couldn’t identify them (perhaps someone can?), but there were more than 150 in each flock  –  appeared from ‘nowhere’ and circled above the reservoir.

Fly past

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Flying high

And high above the geese passed by.  For me, the migratory flight of birds at altitude symbolizes a detachment from the pressures of everyday life.

 

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More from the estuary

As with the previous selection it will be helpful to click the images for greater detail.

Early morning

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The Estuary

Recently my wife and I spent a few days holidaying in South Devon.  By sheer good fortune we were delighted to discover that our hotel room looked out across the estuary of the River Teign  –  a location that attracts a wide range of wading birds.  It was a photographer’s paradise.  The down side was that most of the bird activity took place in the centre of the estuary at a distance  of not less than 150 yards from my vantage point and I was equipped only with a Panasonic compact.  In addition, at low tide the sea receded completely leaving a glossy morass of mud.  The reflected light played havoc with the metering of the camera, often producing  results resembling an ice rink or winter landscape.  Despite these difficulties (resulting in poor quality images) it was clearly a ‘must take’ situation.

Because of their panoramic nature it will be helpful to click some of the pictures for greater detail.

I am always intrigued by the way birds (especially gulls) turn to face the sun as it begins to set.  I can’t identify the smaller birds in the foreground  –  are they sandpipers, or maybe turnstones?

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At the reservoir

At the local reservoir, residents and seasonal visitors mingle freely.

Geese and friends

But, like human beings, some like to get away from the crowd.  Notice the camera-shy swan on the left of this photo!

Camera-shy swan

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