Birds at the Lake

Look at that hook on the beak of this male Merganser, very impressive.

Common Merganser - Mergus merganser - Gänsesäger

Never before have I noticed the orange-red legs of the female Merganser.

Common Merganser - Mergus merganser - Gänsesäger

Running on water …

Mute Swan - Cygnus Olor - Höckerschwan

.. or posing for the reflection.

Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra - Blässhuhn

The Lapwings are back – I hope their breeding is more successful this year!

Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus - Kiebitz

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~ by Natalie on March 15, 2011.

10 Responses to “Birds at the Lake”

  1. Really wonderful captures!!!!

  2. Oh, these are wonderful … each and every one of them! Beautiful mergansers.

  3. When I saw your photo of the lapwing, I was immediately reminded of the killdeer (Charadrius vociferus). I guess that is as it should be, as they both belong to the family Charadriidae. Are you familiar with the killdeer? Do they behave similarly?

    • We don’t have Killdeer in Europe and I have never seen one. The Lapwing has a spectacular courting flight but I don’t know if it does the broken-wing-display to distract predators from the nest. They do breed on the ground thou.

  4. Wonderful photos and so aesthetically pleasing! The Mute Swan is a prize winner, as is the Coot. What a terrific sequence of photos.

  5. Wow- what spectacular pictures. I especially love the one of the male merganser. You have quite a talent! Happy birding 🙂

  6. Beautiful set of pictures, well done…. The male goosander is perfect and I love the coot shot also as well as the swan!!

  7. Beautiful pictures! The image of the coot is somewhat mysterious. Is that a shadow or a structure in the water?

    • Hilke, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post. It’s some kind of a fence in the water, protecting a natural protected area from the human swimmers. I took the photo from a little beach at the lake.

  8. Thanks so very much for your comments!

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