Some recent photos taken around Essex – Connought Water, Epping Forest, Hollow Pond, (Whipps Cross) and the Lee Valley Conservation Area – north of East London. Female Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Connought Water, Essex. The current European population of these exquisite, colouful wildfowl is estimated at around 3,000 breeding pairs including around 2,500 in the UK Reed Bed, Lee Valley Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)┬áLee Valley … Continue reading Spring

Trumpeter Swan

The North American Trumpeter Swan – at Slimbridge WWT “Trumpeter Swans once nested over most of North America, but disappeared rapidly as civilization advanced westward; by the 1930s, fewer than 100 remained south of Canada. With protection from hunting and disturbance, populations have rebounded in parts of the northwest. More recent efforts have focused on reintroducing the species to areas thought to be part of … Continue reading Trumpeter Swan