Water birds in winter

The river Rhine is freezing.

The open water spaces get smaller and smaller.

In one of them, near a bridge this morning, mallards and coots. Two mute swans.

And great crested grebes. Two of them are obviously in love.

This video is called Great Crested Grebe Courtship Dance.

A bit further, about twenty black-headed gulls and some herring gulls on the ice.

No sign yet of the more unusual birds of earlier cold winters here. Like tufted ducks; which I have seen often then; goosanders (a few times) and goldeneyes (once).

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