25 September, 2010

Local Patch - 25/09/08: Kestrel

The strong Northerlies didn't bring any seabird visitors to the county despite being surrounded by Gannet records in Bucks, Cambs and London - there's always tomorrow...
The local patch was quiet, with a few Barn Swallow, Chiffchaff (some singing a few days ago), thirteen Shoveler and Common Snipe now up to three.
A Common Kestrel has been present for a couple of weeks, but still not managed a decent image.

08 September, 2010

Marbled Duck @ Broom

The duck season continued today with a Marbled Duck found by SRB at Broom. There's a hint of green at the bill base when viewed at the right angle, and the general concensus is that it's female.

02 September, 2010

Red-crested Pochard - New Site Record !

The local patch warden discovered an eclipse male Red-crested Pochard this afternoon - a new site record. This duck seems to be on the increase recently, so it was always on the cards that one would turn up.
The strong afternoon sun was directly behind the bird, but after carefully moving to a better position, these images were obtained.

Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard
eclipse male