Shovelers on the ice at Southampton Common

(Feb 08 2018 10-18 AM)NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D55006777152Taken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens ISO 640, f10, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

It’s been rather chilly this week, but here in Southampton we have not had any snow. Not even a hint of a day off work or school for wintry conditions. There have, nonetheless, been some great cold weather compensations. Both the Cemetery Lake and the Ornamental Pond have been frozen in whole or in part for much of the week, and this has given me plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sight of the birds negotiating their icy environment (whilst remaining fairly safely on solid land myself).

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The swans have generally declined to participate in the skating parties, preferring to float aloofly in the thin slices of water available to them. However, the moorhens, coots, ducks and seagulls have been experimenting with the ice, with varying degrees of good humour.

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Best of all for me, on Thursday the elusive shoveler ducks on the Cemetery Lake deigned to come within camera range, to pose on the ice and fascinate me with thoughts of how they manage to balance with those large bulky beaks.

(Feb 08 2018 12-05 PM)NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D550045785856Taken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens ISO 640, f8, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
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After the excitement of a close encounter with the shovelers, I retired to the Old Cemetery where, to further compensate for the lack of snow, there are still plenty of snowdrops on display, along with an ever increasing number of tantalisingly spring-like flowers.

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I stopped for a quick drink from my now trusty new flask, accompanied by a small snack of whatever I found in my backpack. A squirrel joined me, nibbling on a snack of his own,  and all the while eyeing me warily, as if I might try to effect a swap.

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All in all, despite finding that another species distrusts me, it has been a good week for me on Southampton Common.

 

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