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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Wet! Wet! Wet! Thornwick Pool, Flamborough

Mallard in the rain!

Symphony (Ginger Beast) was due to be groomed this afternoon in Flamborough and the two hours it takes allows me time at Thornwick Pool. Today, however was constant heavy rain, but this was not going to stop me. Some of the paths at Thornwick were beginning to resemble new wetlands!

And these puddles were even bigger and deeper when I left!

As I approached the hide, I was surprised to hear voices and thought sensible birders were sheltering from the rain. How wrong could I be! As I opened the door, I was met by a group of young teenagers, two boys and two girls. Judging by their panicked actions, I would say that they were educating themselves in human anatomy! Really glad I wasn't later in case the physiology lesson started! Interestingly, one of the boys took up a sudden interest in birding, explaining to me that a Mallard preening on the water was actually a Snipe! They did not stay long, disappearing into the rain with no waterproofs!

The hour and a half I spent in the hide is time I will never get back! The excitement consisted of four Mallards, an adult and juvenile Moorhen and flyover Herring Gulls! How lucky was I? To break the monotony, I just had to take an image of the rain!

As I sat in the hide, I could see the water levels rising as the last remaining islands disappeared under the water! The rain was relentless!

I was so excited to be able to take images of Mallards in the rain!

I was saddened to have to leave but it was time to pick up the dog! Who needs Alpine Swift when you can see Mallards in the rain?

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