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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

17th December

The Rail ditch from the far end(not open to the public).

At last fine weather and most importantly the bird showing well today, gave me a chance to take a couple of snaps



I popped to Norfolk for a day last week. I encountered a flock of over 8000 Pink-footed Geese feeding in a roadside field near Langham. They were spooked and took to the air, part of the flock can be seen in these two photos.


Frustrating news from yesterday, when what was almost certainly an adult Ring-billed Gull was seen distantly on the lake at 1.15pm, it flew off SW two minutes later.

Little Grebe: One on the lake east of Baker Street.
Grey Heron: Twenty-eight being fed by a naughty member of the public.
Mandarin: Twenty-six on the lake moslty around area 5.
Gadwall: Fourteen birds on the lake this afternoon.
Shoveler: Nine birds on the lake, back in the early 1990 we had flocks of up to 100 birds on the lake at this time of the year.
Common Teal: One drake on the lake.
Red crested Pochard: Thirty-six on the lake.
Water Rail: The bird in area 2 showed on and off throughout the day.
Fieldfare: Eight birds flew NW at 8.00am.
Siskin: Fourteen or so birds still in area 24.

4 comments:

Josh Jenkins Shaw said...

Great photo's!

Tony Duckett said...

Thanks Josh, It is not the most confiding bird. You would have thought by now it would have adjusted to the sights and sounds of the park.

Neil said...

Some great photos there. I still ahvent seen a water rail, despite them being present I a few places I visted quite often. I'll have to pop down and have a look soon :)

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Neil.

It seems to show most days at around 11.30. I am trying putting food out, but this tends to make it come out and quickly retreat back in to the reeds. But i will keep working on it.