Blackbirds, moorhens, tufted ducks in winter

On Saturday 26 January, snowing.

The next day, 27 January, higher temperatures thawed away snow and ice.

The photos were made on 26 January, when it was still wintry.

The river was mostly frozen, with some open water. Snow on most of the ice.

Mallard drake, 26 January 2013

A male mallard duck walked on the ice. With a white feather on his bill and snowflakes on his breast.

Mallard duck, 26 Januuary 2013

Later, a female mallard with snow on her bill.

Black-headed gull, in summer plumage, 26 January 2013

On the ice, black-headed gulls. One of them already with a spring-style dark brown head.

Black-headed gull, in winter plumage, 26 January 2013

The other black-headed gulls were still in winter plumage. A few herring gulls.

In the water, many coots and mallards swim.

Coot, 26 Januuary 2013

Sometimes, they leave the water and walk on the ice, like this coot.

For the first time this winter in open water among ice, tufted ducks. Two males swimming. About tufted ducks in Algeria: here.

Along the river bank, moorhens. Sometimes in the water, sometimes on the snowless ice, sometimes on the snowy ice. Sometimes on the bank and into the garden.

Moorhens, 26 January 2013

This photo shows moorhens near the bank, with open water with mainly mallards behind them.

Moorhen on the snow, 26 January 2013

Here, a moorhen on the snow.

Moorhen on the snow in the garden, 26 January 2013

And a moorhen in the garden.

Blackbird male, 26 January 2013

In the garden and on the bank, also blackbirds.

A great tit calling on a tree.

A few hours later, a common gull has joined the birds on the ice.

Two collared doves in a tree in the garden.

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