Heron and friend

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a pair of herons

Good news to start the new year, the heron is no longer on his own again. He was spotted high up in the tree with a new partner. They were clearly enjoying the most of the twilight sun before the usual evening chorus of songbirds began.

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One bird that prefers to whistle instead of singing is the aptly named whistling duck a migrant bird to these shores. He was strutting around outside the pond showing off his unusual plumage.

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The duck is also known as “the Egyptian duck “, and hails from Africa where they were considered to be sacred. Certainly a treasure to find him at Waddon Ponds.

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Whistling Duck: what is his favourite tune?  Suggestions please in the comments.

 

How will he and the other birds will manage in the predicted snow over the next few days? I will keep you informed.

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