I have sprained my ankle which is a pain in the...foot. Nothing too serious but enough to put me off walking 5-6 miles on the patch. A quick seawatch proved uninteresting so I went to look at the 3 scarce wildfowl gracing this bit of East Yorkshire. One from the north, one from the east and one from the west. First up was the drake Long-tailed Duck at Hornsea Mere. This cracking bird showed down to 5 metres at times but was a sod to photograph as it was only up for seconds. I managed a few record shots and a bit of video as well as views par excellence.
A bit of video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbJhaCYp5mI&feature=youtu.be
This was followed by the first winter drake Ring-necked Duck that has been on various local water bodies but at present is residing on a fishing pond at Arram. This again showed brilliantly amongst a large flock of Tufted Ducks.
Again I managed a bit of video which is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPisBHLIP3o&feature=youtu.be
Lastly I called in at Tophill Low for the breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe which has been on O reservoir. This showed least well of the three but only because of the sun. In fact it was within 50 yards feeding away and I managed to snap some record shots and get a video.
The video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Zw_ShRjuo&feature=youtu.be