Monday, July 04, 2011


This looks quite lovely - until you realise what it is: an algal bloom on the water of the pond in the city centre of Reykjavík. These happen when we get increased levels of nutrients in the water combined with several days of sunshine.

I'll admit that it looks pretty, but it's also slimy and I imagine it must be quite a job getting it out of one's feathers:
Male mallard, moulting.

Female mallard.

1 comment:

Shelley Banks said...

Great photo of the molting male -- that helped me figure out what was going on with the duck I photographed this weekend.