I then wandered around the reservoir as the bird moved closer to the bank, firing off poor quality record shots in grey light. A black and grey duck on grey water with a threatening grey sky was not the best but it would have to do. Managed a few more shots before the cold and breeze got the better of me, so off to Ivinghoe Beacon where I hoped to come across a ring ouzel. No luck, just a rather late wheatear and little else, before I headed off to Bedford for the presentation on The Algarve.
My other lifers this century: western sandpiper,(Cley) spectacled warbler (Burnham Overy Staithe), parrot billed crossbill, (Holt) surf scoter (Holkham)
|red crested pochard pair|
|mute swans in the few minutes of sunshine|
|ring necked duck!|
|On the back of the camera, the silver on the leg looked as if it could have been a ring! That would have spoiled the day.|