Mallard at Rooksbury Mill


A lovely female mallard came forward to pose for us at the lake at Rooksbury Mill.  More animal pictures at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more bird pictures at The BIRD D’Pot  and Wild Bird Wednesday.

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The ducks at Upavon

IMG_6732I revisited Wiltshire in the middle of October and a special wish of mine was to see if the geese at Upavon still were there. We discovered them sleeping on the road in the spring of 2017 when we visited Wiltshire and my son drove this road from Urchfont where we had hired a cottage to Tidworth where my daughter works. Another day they stood in the middle of the road hissing at the cars. I have wondered if they survived as they seemed to be so fond of the road. So my daughter drove to Upavon on our search for the white chalk horses of Wiltshire. When we passed in the morning I caught a glimpse of them in the river. When we passed a few hours later we stopped the car and went looking and found them on a field by the river. On a closer inspection they turned out to be ducks and not geese and I counted to 17 ducks resting in the field and they all looked well. I suppose even ducks can show the behavior of geese or if it really were geese that I saw from the car in 2017. They seemed quite big and they hissed at the cars. More animal pictures at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more bird pictures at The BIRD D’Pot and Wild Bird Wednesday. I also share this post with  Our World Tuesday.

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Parrots in Kensington Gardens

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Parrots flying around my daughter who offered peanuts and an apple.

My daughter had visited Kensington Gardens before and met the parrots living here and wanted to show them to me. We were lucky and the parrots came forwards to partake of peanuts and an apple. No one knows why they are here and many different theories exist. But somehow a few parrots have been let loose in southeastern England and it is estimated that there is something like 8600 breeding pairs. They may be considered an invasive species and they were certainly the dominant species in comparison to the doves and the magpies we also saw in the park as well as lots of grey squirrels. They provided great entertainment and a great show for the price of a bag of peanuts and an apple and we had great fun .More animal pictures at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more bird pictures at The BIRD D’Pot and Wild Bird Wednesday.

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It is not easy to see with a parrot causing her cap to slide forward.

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Apple tastes good.

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But a peanut is portable to fly into a tree with.