Heron and distorted reflection


A flotilla of ducks had just swum by, hoping I was going to feed them.

That disturbed the surface of the previously dead calm canal just the right amount to give fairground mirror type reflections of the heron fishing on the opposite bank.

Footprints in the hoar and snow

Footprints in the snow

Badger and magpie footprints in the snow

The footprints of a badger and a bird in the recent deep hoar frost. The bird was probably a magpie.

Badger footprints

Another (overlapping) pair of badger prints taken on the same day.

Badger footprint

A badger print from a few days previously, this time in snow. This print is much more indistinct that the ones above.

Pheasant footprints

These bird footprints, with my oversized heel as a size comparison, are from a pheasant.

Fox footprints

Fox prints in snow. It’s a disconcerting characteristic of fox footprints that they all line up pretty much in one straight line.

Gulls on a goalpost

Gulls on a goal

Gulls taking refuge from the snow by resting on the crossbar of a goal. The nearest gull has a gob of snow on its beak – presumably from having been delving for food.

Winter scene

Winter landscape

A view over the frozen lake in West Park, looking towards Wolverhampton city centre.

St Peter’s church can be seen in the background.

View after the first light snow above, and after further snow below.

Snowy view

Muscovy ducks

Muscovy duck

The pair of Muscovy ducks in West Park like to perch on the wooded structure by the side of the boating lake in front of the Conservatory.

Muscovy ducks

Muscovy duck