Thursday, 29 December 2011

A visit to see the 'White Nun'

I haven't had much chance to get out lately, but this afternoon I managed a visit to Caldecotte Lake.
A male Smew had been present on the South Lake for three days and as I hadn't seen one in the county for a while, I decided it was too good to miss.
 Sure enough exactly where everyone said it was, this delicate little duck showed very well, even if it was too far away to photograph.
 One bird that did stray almost close enough  though was this female Goosander.

 The Great Northern Diver is still around but he also kept to the middle of the lake.
Duck numbers were  fairly low with just a few Mallards and Tufteds and three Gadwall. Great-crested Grebes were widespread and 3 Little Grebes loitered at the southern end.
 The supporting cast comprised of Coots, Moorhens, Cormorants, Mute Swans and Canada Geese.
A quite sizeable Gull roost was starting to build up, but I failed to find anything out of the ordinary amongst the Black-heads, Commons, Herring, Greater and Lesser -black backs.

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