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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Draycote Water (Yet more gloom!)

The weather forecast was not good (again!) - early mist/fog with heavy snow later so Draycote Water was the "obvious" place to be with such news! Arriving at 0800, the gloom never really lifted as I walked to Toft and back, but the good news was that it did not snow until I got home, so I suppose it was a "good" day!.

No sign of the Great Northern Divers and nothing out of the ordinary was seen during my three hour walk and constant scoping. A list of sightings follows my "gloomy" images! Again, a day of high ISO (1000+)

It was interesting to watch the antics of a Black Headed Gull attempting to "bully" a Great Crested Grebe for its breakfast. Indeed, at one point, I thought the Grebe was about to be drowned. Luckily it escaped to feed again.

Give me your fish - Black Headed Gull v Great Crested Grebe

Black Headed Gull v Great Crested Grebe

Black Headed Gull v Great Crested Grebe

Black Headed Gull v Great Crested Grebe

I told you, I want your fish - Black Headed Gull v Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Guess what I've just done? Goldeneye


Great Tit


Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

(More gloomy images on my website - see link opposite)

Todays Sightings:

Magpie; Carrion Crow; Greenfinch; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Wood Pigeon; Cormorant; Black Headed Gull; Lapwing; Pied Wagtail; GBB Gull; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Coot; Mallard; Goldeneye; LBB Gull; Dabchick; Rook; Canada Goose; Grey Heron; Long Tailed Tit; Wigeon; Teal; Green Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Pochard;Gadwall; Great Tit; Dunnock; Robin; Bullfinch; Song Thrush; Blue Tit; Starling; Fieldfare; Jackdaw; Pheasant.


Max Silverman said...

Kevin.Ice Station Draycote has been very disappointing this winter and I've not been for ages now.

Have you got decent shots of the show off Bittern at BM?

Did you go for the GG Shrike at Morton Bagot.

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Max, I agree with what you say about Draycote.

No decent shots of the Bittern as I have not been to Brandon for a while (too many photographers in the hides!!!). I thought about it yesterday but I tend to avoid "work party" days.

Not been to the GGS at Morton Bagot, which I think has gone missing?

Max Silverman said...

Saw the Shrike yesterday but messed up what could have been decent shots with poor exposure settings and focussing on twigs instead of the bird!!!!