Ducks on ice at the Llanelli Wetland Centre
January 16, 2015 by squirrelbasket
A pair of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) picking up scattered corn from the icy surface of a pond at WWT Llanelli
We always try to make a midwinter journey to the Llanelli Wetland Centre and this time it was an icy day, which made the ducks and geese eager to take the corn we offered.
It’s a bit slippery for this European goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)…
…those long-toed, splayed feet give this moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) an advantage on the icy surface
I have written many times before about WWT Llanelli – see some of my wildfowl posts here – so this time I will just let the pictures tell the story. The birds here are gathered from all over the world for conservation purposes…
Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) on frosted grass
On reflection – this female mallard found a pool of unfrozen water
Shelduck – or should I say sheldrake, judging by the red knob on its beak, which is one of the few differences between male and female in this species… the Latin name is Tadorna tadorna
A general view of one of the ponds
I should be able to recognise these orange-twigged trees, but I can’t, although the red bushes are dogwood
Male Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Smew (Mergus albellus)
Swan – Bewick’s swan, I think (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)
Swan geese (Anser cygnoides)
I think these pretty things are marbled teals (Marmaronetta angustirostris)
Cute female goldeneye – perhaps Barrow’s (Bucephala islandica)?
Red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis)
Mr eider duck (Somateria mollissima mollissima)
Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) – I love the little feet that look like black rubber granny shoes
Magpie geese (Anseranas semipalmata)
…crazy feet – not very webbed, which is probably where the semipalmata comes from in the Latin name
Alder cones and catkins
I think these are hazel catkins
I couldn’t put a name to these red berries, so thank you to Diana and Elaine (see comments) for identifying Cotoneaster, although I can’t pin down the exact species
Half way between apples and rosehips?
Orange jelly fungus
But what is this green stuff on top of the teasel head? Liverwort?
White-fronted goose (Anser albifrons). It’s late in the day and the shadows are lengthening
See you again soon – and I must make a New Year resolution to squat down and try to take the pictures at duck’s eye level next time… if my old knees can bear it!
Find more pictures from winter visits to the Llanelli Wetlands Centre here and summer visits here