Saturday, 1 December 2012

City birds

We went to the Square des Batignolles last weekend. This park in the 17th arrondissement, is designed in the informal 'English garden style' with small ponds, streams and curved path ways meandering  (sort of) along the length of the park. There are some vast plane trees which are apparently about a hundred and forty years old. Some of them even come placed in a vase. Thus.

Swimming in the interconnected ponds are an array of rather unusual ducks. Of course there are your standard Mallard Ducks.

And then more fancy types like this Wood Duck.

I'm in no way an ornithologist, but you can't help but be impressed by the colours on this duck. This duck looks more like it's been carved out of wood and should be resting on your mantel piece.

Here is a plainer duck, but unusual none the less.

I have other park-bird shots. A Canada goose I saw in Oxford Christchurch meadows.

A swan and some red sticks.

A family of swans in the Bois de Boulogne.

Some odd looking bald baby coots. Their heads start out red. Who knew?

A very cheeky sparrow.

My personal favourite, spotted in Square des Batignolles. Big Foot.

And finally a magnificent dove I saw in the Chateau at Chantilly.

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