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On Wednesday morning my wife and I visited the RSPB Saltholme reserve - yesterday's image shows a very small part of it in all its frozen glory (thankyou for all the votes and kind words). The birds had a somewhat different experience of the extensive waterscape as it was mainly frozen.

Here we have a (male?) mute swan on the ice. No it's not a gravel or other man-made surface: I don't quite know why the texture was as it is seen here. The view is taken from the Wildlife Watchpoint looking out on the Northern Reedbed.

It was a wonderful morning!
Mike

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon IXUS 230 HS
Lens:5.0 - 40.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.9 - 223.4 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jan 2013 - 12:10 PM
Focal Length:40mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Saltholme swan
Username:oldgreyheron oldgreyheron
Uploaded:17 Jan 2013 - 7:36 PM
Tags:Estuary, Mute swan, Rspb, Saltholme, Tees, Wildlife / nature, Wildlife Watchpoint
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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:45 PM

Can you tell me how long Saltholme has been in existence, I used to live near the Boro and I don't remember Saltholme at all...............thanks...........

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 8:07 PM


Quote: Can you tell me how long Saltholme has been in existence, I used to live near the Boro and I don't remember Saltholme at all...............thanks...........

I've replied by direct message, but for anyone else interested, it has been open for four years now.

Mike

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 10:00 PM

The swan looks so white against the snow.
Strange to see how shadows form also.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2013 - 6:43 AM

Well exposed and captured, Mike, he must be wondering where his natural food source has gone Smile Carol

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2013 - 4:25 PM

Beautiful light and pose/moment you've captured here, Mike. And yeah, that doesn't look like ice, does it?? Bizarre.

Andrew

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