Sunday, December 30, 2012

first-winter Caspian Gull a little better

but not much -- it did not help that when it was closest I managed to let the camera and lens slip out of the car window on the bean bag while I was shunting forward for a better angle -- amazingly I managed to catch the lens strap is the combo headed for the road outside and seem to have got away with it -- moral don't trust advertising that says lenses will stick to certain bean bags while you are driving and B leave a strap on big lenses its something to grab for when you drop them!

sunny Great Northern Diver

showing well is probably the correct term in this case but with about 50 anglers all around the pond edge I fear it may well end up like many inland divers with fishing line taking its deadly toll on what is supposedly a nature reserve

nictitating membrane

Great Northern Diver

its under there honest -- every time it dived there would be this sudden frantic movement of small fish escaping the rather large bill

a couple of hours on the patch

not bad I suppose 56 Waxwings, 2 Bitterns having a chase around and the 2cy male Marsh Harrier -- and the fly-by female Red-crested Pochard still around --

Friday, December 28, 2012

Great Northern Diver / Common Loon juvenile

appalling light and the bird was never that close today but the first I have seen for a few years in N Lincs