Some recent photos taken around Essex – Connought Water, Epping Forest, Hollow Pond, (Whipps Cross) and the Lee Valley Conservation Area – north of East London.
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
Reed Bed, Lee Valley
Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Lee Valley
Female Mallard in flight
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Hollow Pond, Essex
Canal Boat, Lee Navigation
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
Detail of Egyptian Goose plumage
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.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Hollow Pond, Essex
Male Mandarin Duck, Connought Water, Essex
Mallard, Connought Water, Essex
Canada Goose, Hollow Pond, Essex
Pair of Egyptian Geese, Hollow Pond, Essex.
Connought Water, Essex
Egyptian Goose, Hollow Pond, Essex