Great Northern Diver @ Shustoke Reservoir (image 28th November 2012)
The start of a New Year usually involves tracking down birds from the previous year in order to get them on your new lists. Today, I started at Shustoke Reservoir with the aim of adding the Great Northern Divers. The water was still and the Divers were soon located, together, but in the centre of the reservoir, and flatly refusing to come anywhere near as close as they did for me in November! At least eight Goosanders were also present.
Another aim, was of course to continue getting to grips with the 7D. Make up your own mind on how I'm doing! Any advice on settings will be gratefully received!
Today's Great Northern Divers
Next stop was Edison Road on the vast Hams Hall industrial site where a Firecrest had been reported. A couple of birders looking over the bridge on Edison Road drew my attention and the Firecrest was on my list! Unfortunately, the Firecrest was very mobile, resulting in a few disappointed birders and it was certainly not hanging around for a photo! Also in the area were many Goldcrests, Siskins, Lesser Redpolls, two Ravens and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Not a bad days birding and for once a very mild and dry day!