Friday, 6 January 2017

Long-tailed Duck.

My first recorded sighting of a Long-tailed Duck was way back in 1994 during a winter visit to the North Norfolk coast and all subsequent sightings had always been at coastal locations. So hearing that a juvenile had turned up on a pond in my land-locked home county I grabbed the opportunity yesterday to search it out at Frensham Little Pond.

With just two areas free of ice it didn't take me too long to locate this individual as it drifted back and forth alongside the ice constantly diving and reappearing for a moment or two before disappearing again. Monitoring the air bubbles rising to the surface helped me to gauge where it would reappear.





Obviously not as stunning as an adult in full breeding plumage but still a delightful encounter and a nice addition to my year list.


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A time to be thankful.


Just a few snapshots of some of the varied wildlife I have been fortunate to encounter throughout 2016.

My thanks and appreciation to all the visitors and regular readers of this blog throughout the past year.

Wishing everyone a glorious Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with lots of enjoyable wildlife moments.... FAB.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A winter favourite at Farlington.

Once again birding and blogging have taken a back seat during the past few months partly due to the demands of stubborn, aging parents whose health, mobility and living issues increasingly require more physical support. 

Fortunately a recent outing to Farlington Marshes lifted my spirits as I reconnected with one of my favourite over wintering species, the Dark-bellied Brent Geese (Branta bernicla), that frequent the marshes in their thousands.



As the tide rises in Langstone Harbour the geese leave their watery feeding areas and move onto the marshes, some stopping at the lake together with a varied mix of waders and ducks, including Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin,  Redshank, Greenshank,  Knot, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, and Pintail. 



Both large and smaller family groups eventually settle on the grassy fields to feed and rest offering an opportunity to get much closer to this delightfully dapper goose.

 Above is a juvenile lacking the white crescent neck band of the adult pictured below.


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