Black velvet and that little boy's smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring ya to your knees
Black velvet if you please
I have to say that I blame Bob Hazell for today's excursion to Eyebrook Reservoir! In conversation at Draycote Water a few days ago, he expressed surprise that I had not been to Eyebrook Reservoir to touch base with the adult male Velvet Scoter. This sowed a seed in my mind that was reaped this morning with an early morning visit. Unfortunately, the last week has not been good for light, and today continued with this theme! Although the bird was quite close, an ISO of up to 1600 was needed! I am, however, grateful to Bob!
Arriving at the Eyebrook Fishery at the dam, I met a very pleasant chap, Andy Miller who stated he had not seen the Velvet Scoter this morning. However, a quick scan soon located it on the Rutland side of the dam. It was rapidly moving towards the Leicestershire bank so I waited by the reeds for closer views. I was not to be disappointed, the Scoter came up to the fishing pontoons to dive and feed and then move out again. This seemed to be its routine. I was really pleased to get such good views as normally these birds are seen miles out to sea with Common Scoter and only identified by the white flashes!