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Ducklings and Goslings

A few pictures of some young water birds today, ducklings and goslings to be precise. The ducklings are from two broods busily feeding below and in (yes, in) Aldermaston Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The goslings I spotted on the River Kennet between Aldermaston Wharf and Aldermaston Village.

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Pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers at their nest

As I was running late this afternoon I only went for a local walk with my camera. However, I was lucky: While taking pictures of a Coot with its young I happened to spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a nearby tree. I soon realised that it was at its nest and that there were two of them. The next hour I spent hiding in some bushes, watching and taking pictures of the pair of woodpeckers coming and going. Here is a selection of my favourites:

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Hungry Sparrows

My original plan for this afternoon had been to get a few pictures of some young ducklings on the Kennet and Avon Canal I had first spotted a few days ago. However, just as I arrived at their location they decided to climb out of the canal and disappear into the undergrowth on the other side. So a change of plan was needed. While I didn’t manage to take any pictures of them catching them in flight I did manage to get a few pictures of Sparrows who had just caught an insect.

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