Large numbers of Pochard winter on the Ouse Washes - mostly males as the females travel further south. Here is a selection of flight images. I particularly like the last female Pochard flying out of the reserve to feed just as the sun set.
Great to see the sun this weekend after rather a long absence. It made swan photography very difficult as the highlights burned out even when the rest of the image was correctly exposedvbut here are a few shots. There was a lot of inter-family group aggression resulting in a few minor injuries. The swan in the last frame has lost a patch of feathers from its wing, presumably during a skirmish.
I went to photograph the meadows in Grantchester in the fog but found it had cleared so looked for other subjects. The snow was starting to thaw off the branches overhanging the river creating interesting ripples among the reflected trees.
A few pictures of Toft in the snow for El as she went for a walk to the church without a camera (!) and wanted a record of the snowy scene and for friends in Guernsey to show what their B&B and other bits of the village look like at the moment.
Straight tree trunks in a Beech plantation after directional snowfall create wonderful graphic images but I also liked the curved branches of an isolated beech tree.Clematis seed heads and the beech leaves with pointed buds also benefitted from a covering of snow.