Welcome to the Buteo Wildlife blog, a record of some of the wildlife that we have been seeing and occasional identification articles that will hopefully be useful for those trying to learn about wildlife.

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1 December 2012

Swan Lake! (25th November 2012).

With a couple of hours to spare I took the family for a stroll around Connaught Waters in Epping Forest.
It was a cold but sunny day so there were quite a few people making the most of opportunity to get out.
Just as we left the car park past the site information board Grey Squirrels and Wood Pigeons were foraging in the trees and on the ground for berries, and for scraps thrown down by the visiting public.
Woodpigeon -waiting to be fed!

Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Shoveller and a few Teal were on the main body of the lake along with some Black-headed Gulls, with the latter taking advantage and plunge diving for the bread being thrown for the ducks and resident Canada Geese.

I know there's some bread here somewhere!
A little further round I came across what I believe to be a Mallard X Gadwall hybrid which looked quite smart with it’s green and brown head shimmering in the light. I also got some good views of the escaped female Hooded Merganser that has been in the area for a over a year now.
Hybrid Duck - probably Gadwall x Mallard (or possibly x Teal?).

Female Hooded Merganser - an escape from a collection.
The forest was a little quieter than I thought it would be but the lake did make up for this and we spent a fair amount of time watching a lovely cob Mute Swan bathing in the sunlight.

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