Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Wings on Water

Wildly wheeling gulls on the wing work out where the food is being dispensed while the mallard sail in the other direction, probably working out that they are no match for those wily birds.  Meanwhile
further along a Ruddy Shelduck contemplates the water.  They are onmivorous and eat on land and water
 but are most often seen dabbling underwater searching for something aquatic, either flora or fauna and no need to wade with that balance. When upright it
waggles those wings to be well-groomed and heads for another part of the lake. To call these birds brown would be to do them an injustice. The best description of the plumage I have seen calls it a coppery-cinnamon.  Lastly for winged wonders that always look as though they come from another world
the pink flamingoes wading and watching.  Pretty Flamingoes - of course I cannot resist the Manfred Mann song of the same name

 a hit in the year of 1966 which also was the year the England football team won the World Cup. To keep to the wings theme Alf Ramsey's team were called the "wingless wonders" because they dispensed with wingers and instead of attaching down the flanks attacked from midfield and confused the opposition. (Brief explanation here)   The rest, as they say, is history.

An entry to ABC Wednesday. A journey through the alphabet.


   

11 comments:

Mar said...

Lovely post title and wonderful shots.
Happy holidays

w is for..

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful photography of marvelous birds ~

(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

Happy Holidays to you ^_^

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful photography of marvelous birds ~

(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

Happy Holidays to you ^_^

Leslie: said...

Beautiful photos - I love the "bottoms up" one!

Leslie
abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

I remember the song on the video!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hazel Ceej said...

A great W post, and beautiful photos.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

o eck I'm going to have Manfred Mann buzzing round in head all evening now and I didn't even play the video.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of birds. They are really having good time.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous wings!

Wedding
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
Happy Holidays!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Ordinary Words....Good post for W♫

Dave said...

Nice photos Joy. I specially liked the flamingo photo - Dave