Wednesday 20 November 2019

Blackford Pond

I had read that two drake teal have been seen on Blackford Pond in the last few days so I popped along there today. The teal is a beautiful duck that only occasionally turns up at Blackford Pond and when it does it usually lurks under the overhanging vegetation at the back of the pond.

Today however two drake teal were swimming around the pond, seemingly trying to evade photography. My photos are all very disappointing but I've included some of them here.

This is probably the best photo I could get of either of the teals. It clearly shows the difference in size between the teal at the front and the mallard at the back.

I was really pleased to see that all six of the cygnets have made it to full size, that's quite an achievement as often young cygnets are eaten by gulls and other predators

The pond is still partly frozen and it was amusing to watch the mallards and teal skating on the ice

For a much better photo of one of these same teals, see this tweet from @MNisbet5 yesterday. You'll then see what a truly beautiful little duck it is!


Jenn Jilks said...

I love them.

almtsbb said...

Thank you for your post on Teal Drakes. They are beautiful birds. Your blog tells me of the wonders of nature that are so easily missed in our busy world.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a lovely post … and I enjoyed your photographs.

All the best Jan

Bob Bushell said...

Love the Ducks and Swans.