Critters in mosaics

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Red deer, a deer I rarely see. Maybe twice a year, so I was thrilled seeing them. Both stags and hinds. The stag seem to be growing new antlers. There are the protecting velvet on them. 
So, I don´t share any Fallow deers today. 😀

Sea eagle, one of the family flying in the area. 
Western marsh harrier, there is one flying over the ponds!
Great crested grebe, I did see a pair in another lake.
And in yet onother lake, two pairs of Greylag goose already got hatchlings. 

Coot fighting  © NF Photo 120325
This is something I don´t see anymore. Even 5 years ago there were a lot of coots in the ponds. And fighting going on a lot in breeding times. There used to be several hundreds of them and quite fun to watch. This year there are, maybe, five pairs. And so far appart they  don´t need to fight for territory or partners. 

There also used to be a lot of gulls and mallards, but they too are absent. 

Horned Grebe  © NF Photo 210430
The only positive thing is I spotted 4 pairs of horned grebe. So, I hope they stay. I can´t be sure until I see a nest. 

I was about to share some images of the ponds 5 years ago and compare them with todays situation. Turned out I don´t have some old overview shots to show the population in those days. There used to be thousands of birds and many different species. Today the lakes/ponds are empty. It is soo sad to watch. 

© NF Photo 210501

Take care everyone. 
Oh, almost forgot, I got my first shot of vaccine. You probably know what I mean! 😃

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  1. Hello,
    Wow, cool sighting of the Red Deer stag. The antlers are impressive. Great capture of the Sea Eagle. I love all the water birds, the Grebes, Coots, Geese and the goslings are so little and cute. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  2. It's a little disturbing that the numbers of gulls, mallard and coots has experienced such a drastic reduction. Do you know of any reason for this? Gulls here seem to be less numerous than in previous years too.

  3. Wonderful photos. I love critters!

  4. Så fine alle sammen!
    Horndykkeren er en favoritt.

  5. The Grebes sure are pretty. And the Coots must have been fun to watch...fighting or playing! lol Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Hello. Beautiful photos. I love them all.

  7. Great collages of the deer & birds. I really liked the grebe close-up. It's a stunning portrait!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Have a super week ahead.

  8. I’m so sad about the declining number of birds.

  9. Those you saw are beautiful though!

  10. I do like the Grebe, he has very pretty colours.

  11. Monica - two posts from you this week! What a bonus! The red deer stag is truly majestic. And the horned grebe - so colorful. I share your concern about the changes we are seeing in wildlife patterns ... Thanks again for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  12. It's sad, to see the declining in our nature around... animals and plants. Thinking on Brazil I get tears in my eyes. The dschungel we lost, we get never back.

  13. Monica, The shot of the Horned Grebe is wonderful. I did not see Coots on my walk today come to think of it. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  14. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.


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