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Saturday, 7 February 2009

The Eyes have it.

Having taken my grandson home just after lunch time, I popped into Claremont Gardens (it was open!) so see what state the water was in. Needless to say, the lake was about 90% frozen which left a small area for the birds. This made getting pictures somewhat easier and the light reflecting off the ice helped a bit too; albeit some times you could have too much of a good thing.

Today it was the birds' eyes that caught my attention

Male Mallard - they really do have the most amazing colours..
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Black Swan (collection bird)

Chiloe Wigeon (collection birds)

Red Crested Pochard


Mandarin Duck (male)

Frozen waters...




A snow covered amphitheatre. Hard to imagine that in the summer months when Claremont has open-air concerts, we sit on the ground here to listen to the music!






10 comments:

Phil G1LKJ said...

Hi Tricia, how are you? I have put a link from my blog to your's now.

Phil (Jackie's husband)

Tricia said...

Hi Phil - fine and thanks for the link. Hope you're both well too :)

Lily said...

Tricia, your photos are, as ever, absolutely gorgeous. I hope I come back as a duck!

mick said...

Beautiful photos with all the eyes. Everything else looks COLD! Very interesting to see some of the ducks in the water and others so close on the ice.

The Early Birder said...

Love the Mandarin - beautiful colours.

MaineBirder said...

Beautiful photos. I love the Mandarin!

Great work!

Tricia said...

Lily - thank you - I don't know what I'd like to come back as! Lol

Mick - it not only looks, but is, very cold but some of the ducks were even asleep on the ice!!

FAB - probably THE most colourful bird!

MainBirder - Hi and thanks and good to see you here.

Stewart said...

Some lovely Robin photos Tricia. With all that snow your blog looks like Wytchwood Ramblings!

Mel said...

Hola Tricia,
Such beautiful pictures!! That Mandarin is my favourite.
Besos,
Mel

Tricia said...

Stewart - I take that as a great complement!

Thanks Mel and Hola. It's good to "see" you again! :)

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