This is the Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, a common migratory dabbling duck which spends the winter in southern Europe, ostensibly in Spain, Italy and Greece.
Also present on the waters in Málaga, apart from insects who took great delight in covering me in huge bites, was the Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis.
Mallards are my favourite ducks for some reason, always have been. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings, but these are the more ‘traditional’ specimens.
A few different things to start with, first up being the reflections of Mallards on the calm waters of the pond.
Mallards have always been one of my favourite ducks. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings and, to me at least, seem to project a sort of ‘personality’, so always fun to be around. Plenty of them at the pond, including one with the weird tuft on its head.
One thing I miss where I live are the ducks, geese and other water fowl, so I always make a point of at least going down to the local pond, whatever the weather. It was sunny this time, though, which made a nice change from rain and snow.
It was a case of fourth time lucky after spotting this lovely Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, on the lake in La Paloma Park in Benalmádena. I focused as it was sitting calmly on the water, but as soon as I clicked…..gone.
The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos. I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields. Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows. At the nature […]
The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from […]