It was another grey cold morning so I was dismissed(-:) Even though rain was promised I went out and drove up to Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve as the only other time I was there, it was covered with 2 inches of snow and there was next to nothing on the pools as they were frozen, but I managed some beautiful Goldcrest shots.
Got there and it was still not raining, though it looked like it had been so off I went. Along toi the first hide(Kingfisher Hide) but nothing doing there, Kingfishers obviously away(-:). As promised it started to drizzle so I moved on to the second hide overlooking a different pool. There was a Heron fishing.
There were also some Teal dabbling about and I was informed by one of the others in the hide that there was Green Winged Teal present. This is the only picture that I could get where the difference between the Eurasian teal on the Left and the Green Winged Teal on the right are readily apparent - unfortunately I couldn't get one with both there heads up, but that's not really relevant.
There were also a pair of Gadwall on the same pool.
As you can tell from the Gadwall picture, the drizzle had intensified to some quite heavy rain. I waited a while but it didn't let up so I set off for the next hide. From this hide there was a large collection of Black Headed Gulls visible .A Cormorant flew in
Obviously for some goalkeeper training.
A pair of Shoveler enjoying the rain.
A quick trip to the next hide provided a pair of Tufted Duck doing the same. I even saw a Kingfisher, but by the time I noticed it, it was off so I don't know whether it was a male or female. They obviously use the area as there were clearly several Kingfisher perches in close proximity to the hide. I waited around for a while but it didn't reappear.
Last but not least, a Moorhen also enjoying the wet!
These birds weren't bothered by the weather but it didn't let up so I called it a day. Still there were two successes - one was my first Green Winged Teal and the second was that I eventually got to wear my waterproof poncho, which did exactly what it said on the tin - went on very easily, covered all my gear including backpack with tripod whilst allowing easy access to the camer and bins when necessary.
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Congratulations on getting your first Green Winged Teal - I hadn't even heard of that one - shows how much I know!
It sounds as though you had a very good day despite the weather. I really like the photo of the heron with its wings outstretched and the shovelers - I've never managed to see any quite so close up.
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In reply to ChristineB:
Wonderful photos Bob, looks like a great place to visit.
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In reply to HAZY:
That's another successful day then B_r_n albeit a trifle damp!!!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Green-winged Teal - nice looking bird. Is that a genuine vagrant from N America or an escape from a collection do you think?
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In reply to TeeJay:
Just been reading up on Green-winged Teal as I had never heard of it before & that second pic of yours shows it so well according to images on Google - nice to be educated B_r_n, what are we going to look at when your field trips are abruptly curtailed???
TeeJay said:Is that a genuine vagrant from N America or an escape from a collection do you think?
Most Green Winged Teal showing up in the U.K. are thought to be genuine wild birds.Nice sighting.
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In reply to bob's_retired_now:
Sounds promising Bob, so I'm expecting a photo of the Kingfisher at some stage then ? !! My Sis-in-Law lives near Rutland water so looks like hubby and I will have to pay her a visit soon ;) wouldn't mind a bit of Osprey spotting although that's a large stretch of water around 22 miles circuit so may have to borrow their cycle lol
I Googled the reserve because I hadn't heard of it before. Looks like a good place but it's a bit far for me unfortunately.
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