These male Mallards showed up well against the dead Purple Loosetrife, not so the female. If you click to enlarge, she should become more apparent.There was still a touch of green in the foliage which picked up the green of the male Mallards head. The female continued to do her 'wallflower' act.These Alder catkins showed up beautifully in the sunshine. Unfortunately they were quite high up and I couldn't get any closer for a more macro look at them.It was great to get out for an hour with the camera. Hopefully I'll get another opportunity soon!
Sunday, 6 December 2009
First Frost - part three.
While it was a wintry frosty morning, there were still plenty of warm tones to be found around the reserve. The bare twigs of the Purple Loosetrife edging the lake that had given such a show during the summer months was now giving a much more subtle golden brown show in the winter sunshine.Certainly during the summer the purple/pink flowers of Purple Loosetrife were a haven of nectar for various insects. I'm not sure whether there is any benefit to birds from seeds of this plant at this time of year, but even if not, the coppery colour certainly added to my enjoyment while walking round the lake.The bulrushes also added warm colour as well as their distinctive seed heads to the scene.There is something very photogenic to me about these seed heads, the way the winter light falls on them.Even these didn't escape the frost! (-:Every now and then the Black-headed Gulls would get skittish and fly around the lake. I kept looking up for some raptor that might have been the cause, but couldn't find one.This Black-headed Gull is in it's winter plumage. In summer their head is covered by a chocolate brown hood.