After seeing Glyn Sellors photos on Surfbirds of the Velvet Scoter/s at Swithland Reservoir,Leics I just had to give it a go,having only ever had 1 inland bird Years ago at Draycote which wasn't photographable the chance to see 1 up close rather than distantly at sea was not to be sniffed at!! Arrived on site about midday where the 1 bird was showing reasonably well on & off but hard work with the sun being at a funny angle (Certainly not worth getting there early as it would be directly into the sun!) a few shots below..........
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Hadn't planned do do anything all weekend just a bit of local birding & all was going to plan Saturday out & about with Long-tailed Duck being about the best bird but no pics,then a txt Sat night from Archie Archer asking if I'd be interested in joining Jules Allen,Steve 'Snapper' Richards & himself for a leisurely drive down to Berkshire for a rather confiding American Buff-bellied Pipit on the banks of the Queen Mother Reservoir on the Sunday morning was a no brainer,after meeting up at the Pretty Pigs carpark we made our way down where we were treated to fantastic views often down to a few feet & to close to photograph!! A few pics below............
Tuesday 4 December 2012
With the weather not looking to promising again decided to stay localish with a quick trip to Lichfield,Staffs for the Waxwings but gave up after a few hrs with only 1 bird present with another 6 briefly! On the way home I took a slight detour to Shustoke Reservoir,Warks for the Great Northern Divers where both birds were still present & managed to finally get a shot of one of the birds!!
Finally cracked & went after some Waxwings today after 2 days of trying for more shots of the Divers at Shustoke & Chasewater & not getting a single shot!! arrived in Lichfield at about 1pm & had an hour or so with about 30 birds present on & off!! Shots below also a record shot of the Long-tailed Duck from Sunday at Dosthill main lake,Warks