Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Our friend Kay joined us for a walk around Straw's Bridge this morning.  A light shower gave us a sprinkling, but the sun came out again and it was a nice morning.  As we walked around the lake a small, dabbling duck caught my eye.  A single, Common Teal (Anas crecca) was feeding in the shallows.
This beautiful little duck is not often seen around these parts as they seem to prefer larger stretches of water.  They are also not often seen feeding on their own like this, preferring to be part of a flock.  Our smallest dabbling duck species, they always give good value, especially the males - such as this one - with their bright colours.  The small size can be appreciated when compared to a more 'usual' Mallard.  Gorgeous!
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