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As winter closes its icy grip across Europe many species of ducks and geese arrive in Pembrokeshire in search of food and shelter. The county is fortunate to escape the worst of the winter weather, and ponds and lakes rarely freeze. 

One of the prettiest winter arrivals is the goldeneye, a species of duck. The male bird is a beautiful creature with glossy black upper parts and a white tummy. It has a white circle of feathers, or eye, just below its eye. The goldeneye arrives in small flocks during the winter, but remains wary of humans. It is a diving duck. Goldeneye can be seen on the Bosherston Lakes near Stackpole during the winter. The males can be seen displaying by tipping back their heads. 

Other visitors to the Bosherton Lakes in winter are teal and tufted duck. These birds mix with year round residents such as mute swan, coot, mallard and moorhen.