Swan Lake

It's been a weekend of swans, with

ENB's

Swan Lake

on stage at the Liverpool Empire last night...

Alina Cojocaru as Odette/Odile and Alejandro Virelles as Prince Siegfried in English National Ballet's production of Swan Lake. Photo: © Photography by ASH
Alina Cojocaru as Odette/Odile and Alejandro Virelles as Prince Siegfried in English National Ballet's production of Swan Lake. Photo: © Photography by ASH

...and Whooper Swans at Martin Mere WWT today.

There weren't that many swans around, actually, nor too many Pink-footed Geese. Most of my time was spend having a look at some of the birds that were in front of the Swan Link hide: Pintail, Wigeon, Ruff etc. This first-year Ruff, aged by the mix of moulted adult-type (square and grey) and juvenile feathers (dark centred with buff/orangey fringes), gave very close views. I was quite surprised at how limited the post-juvenile moult was.

It's always entertaining to have a wander around the captive collection. This friendly White-headed Duck was pick of today's favourites.

I took a wander around the Birdwatching Fair that was taking place in the visitor centre. I arrived at the ringing demo just in time to see a Long-tailed Tit. Being away from the UK for so long, it's always striking how different some British birds are compared to birds in Scandinavia. This

rosaceus

bird was a nice contrast to the

caudatus

birds I've been handling over the past month – not just for the obvious reasons but also the fact it was tiny in comparison to nominate birds!

With many thanks to the ringers whose demo I gatecrashed...

And, since Christmas is coming, here's a collection of Snow or almost-Snow Ducks. The last one is my favourite.