Wood & Water

This is a selection of wilidlife found in the wood or on water at Blashford Lakes nature reserve near Ringwood.

First off the ones from around the woodland who were primarily little fellows like this Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus).

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

One of the little fellows was creating quite a stir outside the Woodland hide, attracting quite a posse of photographers so much so that the hide itselff was totally empty. The little fellow in quesiton was this Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus).

Firecrest
Firecrest

There was also another type of Crest on the reserve, Goldcrest (Regulus regulus). This particularly one was flitting amongst the brambles.

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

I was even more fortunate with this next Goldcrest which decided it would alight on a fence post only a few feet away from me and offered up a very brief photo still and motion shoot opportunity.

Goldcrest
Goldcrest
Faster!
Faster!
Posing Goldcrest
Posing Goldcrest
Flaming Goldcrest
Flaming Goldcrest

This Buzzard (Buteo buteo) connects the wood to the water, first spotted flying across the wood to alight on another fence post before trying to take a duck or two across the water.

Flying Buzzard
Flying Buzzard
Buzzard sitting on fence post
Buzzard sitting on fence post
Buzzing Buzzard
Buzzing Buzzard

The water wildlife are all a variety of wildfowl, male & female Gadwalls (Anas strepera) and Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula), a Pochard (Aythya ferina), and a flock of flying Wigeon (Anas penelope).

Male Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Male Gadwall
Male Gadwall
Female Gadwall
Female Gadwall
Male Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck
Female Tufted Duck
Female Tufted Duck
Pochard
Pochard
Flock of Flying Wigeon
Flock of Flying Wigeon

 

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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