Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Not one but two! Great Northern Divers at Shustoke Reservoir, North Warwickshire.

Great Northern Diver


A late start to allow the cloud and drizzle to clear, saw me arrive at Shustoke Reservoir in cold but sunny conditions. I'd heard that two Great Northern Divers were present but would I locate them? I decided to walk the perimeter, scanning every so often, noticing a few birders walking but none specifically onto anything. My first interesting bird was a female Common Scoter out in the centre. While it is nice to see the sun at this time of year, I walked the far shore quickly as I couldn't see anything, looking into the sun. Several birders were spotted on the dam, so I scanned and bingo - Great Northern Diver! It was unfortunately distant, but I scoped the bird, my first in Warwickshire for two years. It was also nice to see a Grey Wagtail  on the bank. Moving on, I noticed the Diver closing in towards the bank, so I stopped and then realised there were two birds present. The opportunity was so lucky and I filled my boots!

Great Northern Diver











Cormorant



Pochard





8 comments:

douglas mcfarlane said...

Great images of the GND, normally for me they stay miles away, well done

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Douglas - Shustoke has always been lucky for me. Right time, right place!

Tom Perrins said...

Hi Kevin

Any chance of borrowing some of your excellent diver shots for my blog?

Cheers

Tom

Kevin Groocock said...

No problem, Tom - fill your boots!

ShySongbird said...

Two is somewhat greedy Kevin ;-) Lovely captures!

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Jan - the second bird stayed well out on the water.

Findlay Wilde said...

I haven't seen a Great Northern Diver yet, so I really enjoyed your pictures. From Findlay

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Findlay thanks for looking at my blog and taking the time to comment. I'm sure it wont be long before you see a GND - keep looking at the reservoirs nearby.