Sunday, 30 December 2007


Ring necked duck

A great spotted woodpecker is now a regular visitor to the garden, however, a suprise was a pair of blackcaps, overwintering presumably or early spring visitors! Only seen feeding on pears and apples after the blackbirds had opened them. At least two black redstarts wintering around the old college buildings, one showing regularly near the entrance. Stormy seas most of the week with barely anything passing but a suprise bird turned up on a local woodland pool. This male ring necked duck showed so well but dismal light conditions, 1000 asa at an 80th of a sec, not ideal but a good record shot. Plenty of red kites and buzzards but just so dull. Still, the duck and blackcaps made up for it.

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