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Mallard in Flight

A Mallard in flight.

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Mrs Mallard

Here are a few shots of Mrs Mallard scrubbing up, no doubt in an
attempt to attract any admiring males.

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Lady Mallard

A portrait of the not so colourful Mrs Mallard.

Lady Mallard
Lady Mallard

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Birds in Flight – Mallard Duck

Here are a few shots of mallard ducks in flight.  One of our most common wild ducks they are known for waddling along slowly however, in flight they can reach speeds of around 50mph.

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Birds of the feathered kind

A few shots of the birds and waders I have stumbled upon whilst out and about with camera in hand.  My favourite is the Red crested pochard with its stunning colouring.

Red-crested pochard Chaffinch House Sparrow Swallow Red Crested Pochard Mistle Thrush Chaffinch Swallow Mr & Mrs Red Crested Pochard Jackdaw Great Tit Mallard Red Crested Pochard Nuthatch Red Crested Pochard Great Crested Grebe Nuthatch© [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

National Trust Stourhead Part 1

Stourhead, situated near Mere, Wiltshire, has been owned and maintained to a particularly high standard by the National Trust since 1946,  The estate is famous for its Palladian Mansion house and stunning landscape gardens.  The latter I was lucky enough to visit on a typically (and quite unusually, at present) beautiful early summer day.  The landscaping is such that a composed image can be taken from almost any viewpoint – and with a leisurely stroll around the lake taking about an hour or more, there are countless opportunities for this. The Palladian Bridge, Temple of Apollo and the Bristol High Cross to name but a few.  For the Damselflies pictures I would have much preferred to have my Macro lens (and a lot more time on my hands), but alas it was a day when it was not in the bag, so my 18 – 55mm kit lens and 70 – 300mm were the order of the day. If you are yet to visit Stourhead then I recommend you do (when summer finally arrives). It is without doubt one of the finest National Trust estates in the country.  More to follow in Part 2.

Mating DamselfliesPalladian BridgeStourheadGothic CottageRobinBristol High CrossDamselflies MatingTemple of ApolloMallard DuckAnother RobinStourhead ChurchStourheadDamselfly

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

Tiggywinkles, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital is located in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.  It is a specialist hospital dedicated to rescuing and treating many species of British wildlife including hedgehogs, wild birds, foxes, badgers and deer.  Those that recover well are released back into the wild and those with injuries that would leave them vulnerable to predators if released, are cared for and looked after by the hospital twenty four hours a day.  The staff  were helpful, knowledgeable and took time out to talk about the various species – they clearly care very much about their patients.  Surprisingly, Tiggywinkles receives no government funding and purely relies on its membership funding and donations from the public.  Admission is a paltry £4.50, which when you consider the worthy work this Hospital carries out is a very small price to pay.  If you can’t visit then why not make a donation via their website at:  http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/

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