Southlake is mostly frozen over at the moment although there are a few clear patches of water.  There are less ducks but lots of gulls.  It is still a nice walk though, especially if the sun tries to shine.  Red Kites are very visible and flying quite low.

Red Kite

This second shot shows a Red Kite pecking at something in its feet while in flight but is not the greatest photo as it was a spur-of-the-moment snap.

Red Kite

There are large numbers of blackbirds, both male and female.  This is a female blackbird rooting around among the dead leaves.

Blackbird,

Blackbird,

You couldn’t get this background effect if you tried but it is completely natural.

Great-crested Grebe

 

Mallard in the icy lake,

Coot on ice

Gull landing on the ice

Black-headed Gull on the ice