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..
(the pictures really do benefit from being viewed full size - just click on the picture)
Black Swan (collection bird)
Chiloe Wigeon (collection birds)
Red Crested Pochard
Mandarin Duck (male)
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!
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