but the red necked grebe was obviously not on this side, so we headed of to farnbourgh bank, we walked around to the opposite side of the res' and stopped half way up with picking up a load of GC grebes on the way up,
a male sparrowhawk was in a hunting mood and chased a feral pigeon acrosss a field but the pigeon got away, boooooooooo
a curlew called, but wasent seen
a few goldeneye were close in and wigeon, teal and yet more GC grebe were in toft bay, then i picked up the diver swimming towards us away from the boats, it got closer and closer, and closer, and closer untill it run out of water and swam past us at no more the 20-30 range, but it failed to raise its head:
the crowd quickly built as more and more birders piled in to get stunning views of the diver.
a good wait followed, we all wanted that 'head up' shot, and then it awoke, i didnt take advantage and only got a couple of 'keepers'.
after it moved from the crowd and back towards me where it did a swim past and duly fell asleap.
and just to prove a point, this is how close the diver was on 0x zoom:
hows about that then, how close is that !!!!!!!!!!!!!
out of hundreds and hunderes of millions of gallons of water in the res, it chose to go right next to the very busy path.
god bless you GND
we were near the boat club centre when the drake SMEW flew past into toft bay.
next loaction TAMWORTH:
and these beautys:
as always, the birds shown superbly atop the trees in the centre of an island, my first chance to get a decent photo of one, but the 'milky' white sky was horrible.
and all 3:
to be honest, i didnt think i was going to catch up with any this winter, so to see just a few is well worth it, and a great time watching and photographing these,
the birds started to decend on the berrys and we all poised to get the shot not agains the sky when
'ZR'rrrrrrrrrrrrrr' in comes the pair of mistle thrush to force the waxwing onto wires near the school, where they all posed beautifully:
and nice of them was they lined up from left to right: juv/1st winter, ad female, ad male, zoom in on the pics and see if you can tell how i aged them........
so its looks as if the flock of waxwings in tamworth is a family, cool........
now we didnt stop too long here as people with camera's and scopes in a public road next to a school, not the best idea.....
a pair of oystercatcer were here and a flock of 9 REDSHANK, a bit of scanning along the bank with my scope got me onto my first RINGED PLOVER of the year, feeding in close company of 2 teal, a few goldeneye,tufted duck etc were here so we moved to another hide.
a little egret's head was pokeing up out of the tussuks
a pair of shelduck were floating about and a linnet flock was at the back of the pool in fields.
now to WHITEMORE HAYE
8 BARNICLE GOOSE were feeding away from the canada's and were quite wary, a coincidence they tured up at the same time of year as the 'wild' birds and were feeding in exacly the same spot..........
mind you i didnt even raise my camera to them
a couple of yellowhammers were heard.
but there was no sign of the pink footed geese,
we walked down the road to where tree sparrow ARE, not a single bird..........
we drove around the fields scanning the swans but nothing 'odd' came out.........
so now, a last bird to raise out spirits higher,
at a tip
only a GBBG was picked out so we quickly left for nearby stubbers green, and almost the 1st bird i dropped onto was this......
2nd winter ICELAND GULL, a very bleached bird feeding up by the sailing club side, scope views were good and i was able to savour the bird unlike last time:
a wing stretch:
another birder arived and the iceland duly dissapeared, LOL
and that just about concludes my day out with martyn
and a special thanks to martyn for inviting my on his birding day out, the day was immensly enjoyed and i will have to buy you a couple when i can go to the pub