Spring

Some recent photos taken around Essex – Connought Water, Epping Forest, Hollow Pond, (Whipps Cross) and the Lee Valley Conservation Area – north of East London.

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Female Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Connought Water, Essex. The current European population of these exquisite, colouful wildfowl is estimated at around 3,000 breeding pairs including around 2,500 in the UK

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Reed Bed, Lee Valley

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Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Lee Valley

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Female Mallard in flight

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Hollow Pond, Essex

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Canal Boat, Lee Navigation

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Lee Valley

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Mallard

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Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), Connought Water, Essex. Feral resident population in southern England, introduced in the 18th century. During 2004-07 the long established English population was estimated at 2,500 to 3,160 individuals

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Detail of Egyptian Goose plumage

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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Hollow Pond, Essex. Very shy and hard to approach, I caught this little fellow sneaking down to take a quick bath.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Hollow Pond, Essex

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Male Mandarin Duck, Connought Water, Essex

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Mallard, Connought Water, Essex

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Lee Valley

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Canada Goose, Hollow Pond, Essex

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Pair of Egyptian Geese, Hollow Pond, Essex.

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Connought Water, Essex

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Egyptian Goose, Hollow Pond, Essex