Sunday, 3 December 2017

Frognerpark birds

With seemingly little new to find I decided on Friday to make use of the nice light and try to get some better photos of the quite varied birdlife in Frognerpark. The birds that seem to have settled in for the winter seem to be split into two groups: the bread eaters and non-bread eaters. In first category are the Mallards, Mute Swans and three species of gull. The non-bread eaters are the Moorhen (eating grass whilst I was there), 13 Teal which seem to find plenty of natural food, 3 male Goldeneye and 5 Herons. There are some species though which have a foot in both camps. The male Wigeon was grazing grass but also fighting for bread and the 14 Tufted Duck at times were diving under the mass of bread eating Mallards although what they were eating was difficult to say.

one-legged, headless Grey Heron (gråhegre)

Moorhen (sivhøne)

Mute Swan (knoppsvane) pair

female Teal (krikkand)

adult male Teal. There were also two young males who were in a much less smart plumage

Tufted Ducks (toppand)

adult male Wigeon (brunnakke)

note the green on the head. This is sometimes thought to be a sign of American Wigeon genes but occures so often that in cases like this is just a natural variation within European Wigen

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