Thursday, 4 April 2013

A Trio of Floaters

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

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

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 :

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