21 April 2014
Some Black Scoter at Yakumo this afternoon....................
It was a beautiful clear spring weekend and I was in Yakumo the last couple of days.
There was a small group of Black Scoter in a kind of lagoon (pond) away from the open sea. They looked very tired, I guess they were on their way north.
They were a little jumpy at first.
But they eventually drifted close to me and my camera.
There were many more on the sea, mostly involving a dozen or so males trying to mate with a single female.
They flew off as soon as I got close............
Yesterday on the same pool as the Scoter was this male Long Tailed Duck, this wasn't as confiding though.
There were lots of ducks around the last couple of days. Shoveler were the most noteworthy abd Great Scaup were the most numerous.
2 Tone birds are difficult to photograph in bright sunshine.
Some pretty interesting birds around the last couple of days: Bar Tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover, Great and Little Egrets, Eastern Marsh harrier, Osprey, Wryneck, Kingfisher, 7 species of gull, Black Necked and Red Necked Grebes, a small flock of Whooper Swans with a lone White Fronted Goose, Long Tailed Rosefinch, Reed Bunting and lots of common stuff arriving too............................
Ah Liverpool. It's within touching distance.