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February 19, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Skating on thin ice

Duck on ice

We are slipping into another cold spell.  Instead of swimming this Mallard was out for a walk (or skate) across the ice today.  I thought how beautiful the colours were and the reflection and texture on the ice made the shot for me.

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  1. Amber / Feb 20 2013 12:13 am

    Mallard drakes are so pretty. They’ve all migrated from where I live in the upper Midwest of the US. And our ice is about a foot thicker. Lovely picture 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 20 2013 8:36 am

      Thank you. Mallards are beautiful. I think that of many common birds and animals but we often overlook them just because they are so familiar. I recently got very excited about a Snow Goose that visited the nearby lake. Word spread around the bird watching circle we had a Snow Goose. I’m sure in the States and Canada that would be very so so but for us, wow! Same bird but just not familiar.

      • Amber / Feb 21 2013 2:30 am

        This is a bit belated, but I’ve never actually seen a snow goose 🙂 Their migration path is quite a ways west of where I live. Canada geese, however, are everywhere.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 21 2013 8:55 am

        Well I’ve only ever seen one Snow Goose and probably won’t see another unless I visit the States or Canada. Canada Geese were introduced into the UK and now we have thousands as they obviously liked it here. They are very handsome birds none the less and they fly over the house in great V formations honking, which I love to see.

  2. Gallivanta / Feb 20 2013 8:53 am

    That is such a wonderful sight to see. Was the mallard quite steady on its feet? Or was it skating?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 20 2013 8:57 am

      Sadly it and the others were struggling on the ice as there was only a very samll area with water. I’m hoping things will improve for them soon. So it was more skating than walking as they were rushing to get the food I was throwing. I think they were steadier when taking it slowly.

      • Gallivanta / Feb 20 2013 9:01 am

        They would appreciate the food.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 20 2013 9:22 am

        Certainly did but I always feel there is never enough. I would have to take sacks of the stuff. Thankfully, others feed them too in the cold weather, which is wonderful.

      • The Rambling Man (aka The Night Hawk Photographer) / Feb 20 2013 9:35 am

        Me and my parents always go down to our local duck pond, especially during winter when no one else does, and throw food to them. One time they were craning their necks and jumping around our feet. Got a bit “The Birds”-esque at points but it was still fun nonetheless. Shame people only tend to flock down there when the birds need it least in summer (cause everyone’s going and they’re overfed).

  3. The Rambling Man (aka The Night Hawk Photographer) / Feb 20 2013 9:33 am

    It’s taking pleasure in the common and commonly overlooked well known species/objects in life that makes life more interesting. If you can look at an ordinary, run-of-the-mill thing and see beauty in it then you will never be sad.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 20 2013 10:20 am

      Agreed. I encourage everyone to embrace the ‘ordinary’, it’s all around us and wonderful. I don’t think there is any such thing as the ‘ordinary’, just those things we take for granted. It wasn’t long ago that starlings and sparrows were considered not much more than a pest in the UK. Actually both are really quite beautiful if one looks close enough. Now they are declining and thank goodness we are starting to take notice.

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