26 Jan 13 Woolston Weir

28th January 2013
It was bright and crisp on Saturday morning so I decided to spend a few hours at Woolston Weir as I had read on “The Eyes” website that there had been some Goldeneyes on the weir pool for a while.

Unfortunately they were quite distant and it did take me a while to pick them out amongst the hundred or so Tufted Ducks. There appears to be a few alternatives for the collective noun of ducks on water, including raft, paddling and team.

A raft or paddling of Tufted Ducks

Eventually a female of the species came just about close enough to get a photo!

Female Goldeneye

Luckily the Mallards and Canada Geese didn’t have a problem with getting up close and personal.

Female Mallard

Canada Goose

Just before I left I did manage to get a photo of a male Goldeneye and a pair, male and female together.

Male Goldeneye

Pair of Goldeneye


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