Tufted Ducks at Falmer

Another day, another surprise. There were four of them… three males and a female tufted duck enjoying the early morning sunshine on Falmer Pond. Clearly passing through (they were gone by lunchtime, but they were a delight to see.

Tufted ducks

Tufted ducks

Tufted ducks

At the edge of the pond a pair of the local rats had found some seed scattered on a rock.

rats

rats

And later in the day, the eight little greylag goslings feasted on plant matter growing on a submerged rock.

greylag goslings

greylag goslings

And then up on to the bank for a well-earned rest.

greylag goslings

greylag goslings

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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6 Comments

  1. derwandersmann May 18, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    The graylag goslings are a delight, and the rats are looking busy. Very handsome shots of the tufted ducks.

    • Words May 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      dW, thanks! I love the goslings and the way the parents guard them so well. The tufted ducks were a pleasant change from the usual species locally.

  2. Darko May 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Interesting kind of ducks. I checked our field guide on birds and didn’t find anything like that even though they look kind of similar to ring-necked ducks and some goldeneyes.

    • Words May 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      Darko, I had to check their name (goldeneyes were another option on my list!).

  3. Andy May 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I thought I commented on this? But apparently not. Do I have anything astounding to add, nope! lol. 🙂

    • Words May 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Andy, lol 😆 And thanks for whatever it was you thought you had said!