Muse of the Month: January Ghost Swans

13th January 2017
One of the many Norfolk winter highlights of mine is to go and viewing the swans at the Welney Wetlands Centre. Large flocks of wintering swans can be seen all over the county at this time of year, feeding on the first green shoots in the fields, however it's usually a little tricky to get close enough to photograph them.

There is nothing like the wintery sound of brassy, trumpeting, Whooper Swans calling a greeting across the clear, fenland skies to the background beat of the percussion drum of wings.

I wanted to try and create a ghost like impression of Whoopers being shadowed by the local Mute Swans so I went for the easier option of head shots as they came together for one of the feeding sessions organised by the centre staff.




It's the ever ending challenge of finding the picture when there are so many birds together..they either need to be really close for me to find a pattern or more widely spread so I can single them out.


The Mallards are a case in point, they may be everywhere but I can never miss an opportunity of snapping a few of their comical little expressions or beautiful head colours.



Welney also attracts a healthy population of other wintering duck like Wigeon and Pochards, the later being mostly drakes, all arrive early in time for the females to make their own giddy entrance.



If I can squeeze in another visit by the end of the month I will be sure to try..seems a shame not to really!

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