Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Arundel Wetland & Wildfowl Trust

Arundel's Wetland and Wildfowl Trust reserve has not only an impressive area of ponds and reedbeds to attract wild species, but also a good selection of pinioned birds in protected areas.
Some of the 'tame' ones are native varieties which give a good opportunity to check out characteristics that would be difficult to see in the field, and some are 'exotics' from afar.
These Chinese or Scaly-Sided Mergansers are endangered, but the familiar Mandarin seems content with life in captivity.

It was good to see Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers side-by-side for comparison, but it's not only in the wild that diving ducks frustrate photographers.

The male Ferruginous Duck showed well in the sunshine, relaxing after a heavy meal perhaps?
Oh pardon me - they feed us curried mealworms, you know.

These two ducks are New Zealand Blues (beautiful plumage) which live on mountain streams and are also endangered. These particular individuals, Ben & Jerry, became famous when (after the last female died) they turned towards each other and became known as the gay ducks.

And this ridiculously proud bird is a Spectacled Eider from Siberian and Alaskan waters - his back view was seen on the previous blog.


Anonymous said...

I love to see all these different kinds of waterfowl.

Mary said...
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Mary said...

Wow...each one of these is beautiful! I love that fancy merganser with the black and white marking on the sides and the black head. The Mandarin is so colorful! I like that purplish looking one...so pretty! The Spectacles Eider is unusual! Not hard to see why the name :-) These are great shots! Sometimes it is nice to have a captive subject to work with. What a great place. Sorry about the deleted comment...made a mistake.

08 April 2009 13:45

Greenie said...

Steve ,
Must say I'm not a fan of captive species , but some great shots of birds that we would not normally see .
While on , where do you get all your old plant names from , like the 'Knitbone' you mentioned in the 'too much information comment' .

Kingsdowner said...

I agree with Greenie's ambivalence about captive species, but when the sun is shining on their breeding plumage and they're nice and close.......

Regarding the old names, I suppose I've just picked them up from books like Richard Mabey's Food for Free and WN McLeod's Downland in Flower.