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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

American Wigeon

I had the day off on Tuesday and as it was a nice sunny morning I went off to Anglers CP to try for some better photos of the drake American Wigeon, it has changed its habits in recent weeks and now regularly feeds on the grassy banks of the lake with the Eurasion Wigeons, this morning was no exception although the area of grass they were favouring was a fenced off wildlife refuge so I couldn't get real close but I managed to get some reasonable shots anyway, at nearby Wintersett Reservoir there was a Black Necked Grebe just starting to come into summer finery and a drake Smew but neither come close also several Buzzards graced the skies overhead. On the way back I called in at Fairburn and staked out the Kingfisher screen for a while, after an hour or so one flew in but unfortunately it was using a perch further back along the channel although it did come as far as the sluice on a couple of occasions, it really needs to come this side of the sluice for a decent photo though, photographers! never happy.

a Great Crested Grebe entertained while waiting for the Kingfisher

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