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A Beautiful Day

Sunday, January 19th 2020

The temperature had dropped overnight so there was ice and frost in parts of Foxglove, but the sky was blue and the sun shone, so it was a beautiful day without rain and wind!  Photographing on the dull winter days makes species and places look dull.  The blacks and greys of winter change when the sun shines.   

Initially I thought that there were no Mallard to be seen, after 18 were counted yesterday.  I then spotted some hiding behind some reeds.  Unfortunately I could not remove the reed in front of them.  You can see that the male is standing on the ice and has a ring on his right leg.

Some areas of the reserve were free from frost whilst others were coated white.  I was amazed at the delicate structure of these ice crystals.

There were also patterns on the ice on the Scrapes ponds and they remained there for most of the day, even though the air temperature had risen to six degrees.

Later in the afternoon the sun started to set and the sky clear of light, fluffy white clouds, foretelling a cold night to come.


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