Friday, 29 March 2013

Water Birds and their Reflections

 Yesterday was the last class in this term of creative writing classes I've been teaching at the Ripple Project. It went very well as it always does and we'll be starting back again in May! Before the class I wandered round Lochend Park as I often do and captured the mallards above and the lesser black backed gull below.
If you live in the Lochend area, you may have noticed an excellent article in the April issue of the Speaker (local newspaper) about Lochend Park, written by Kathleen who has been coming along to my writing class. If you don't live in the area, you can read the Speaker here, but note at the moment it's still the March edition which is on the website. 

Then today, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I walked along the Union Canal through Edinburgh and caught this meeting between a male mallard (in slightly atypical plumage) and a moorhen.

For Weekend Reflections

and Nature Notes

21 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! i wonder if that bottom drake is a hybrid. :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi TexwisGirl, yes, you're probably right....

'Tsuki said...

Thos birds seem so happy in this water... That is such a simple pleasure : I wish I was a bird too, and not only to fly on long distances.

Sylvia K said...

I love your beautiful, watery reflections and the ducks are delightful!! Have a lovely weekend!!

Min fotogen said...

Great reflections !

acreativeharbor.com said...

Exquisite photos of the mallards and seagull ~ nature's gems ~ ^_^

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love your soft watery photographs.

Loredana Donovan said...

I especially like the last photo, what a lovely meeting they must be having. Great reflections :)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely reflections and the ducks are great. Have a happy weekend!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

love the ripples and the Ripple project sounds grand.

speedyrabbit said...

beautiful photos

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The gull could use his reflection as a mirror -- such clear beautiful water.

Bill said...

out of the water
the mallard
loses his cool

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

Loved seeing the gorgeous water birds and must have been nice walking there.

Happy Easter
hugs
Carolyn

Rabbits' Guy said...

Ducky!

Betty Manousos said...

happy easter!!

xo

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the take on this - their reflections. I hope you had a great Easter!

Kathie Brown said...

Fun reflections. Wonderful birds. I wonder if your strange mallard is a hybrid with a wigeon or some other duck species. It happens all the time over here. We get a few lesser black-backed gulls along the Atlantic coast but we have more greater Black-backed gulls. We rarely see gulls in Arizona where I live nowadays.

gabriellebryden said...

Lovely photos - the Mallard is so beautiful

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!

If you ever have bird photos in your post, I'd like to invite you to add your post link to my birding blog ... "I'd Rather B Birdin'" [the link is found on my right sidebar]

Rambling Woods said...

I love water birds...Michelle