07 September, 2008

Grey Phalarope - R.I.P.

Yet another Grey Phalarope was discovered in Bucks - this one, a juvenile in partial moult, was at Startops reservoir, Tring. A very confiding bird, it swam and fed close to the bank. The light was flat under the total cloud cover, but at least it had stopped raining. The bird was seen to be pulled under the water by (it was presumed) a Pike. It then was reported to be harrassed by a Black-headed Gull and flew off to be re-found at Wilstone reservoir. It met an untimely death - taken by a Hobby as it tried to take off ...

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