17 January 2017

Monochrome weekend



It was a grey and rather overcast weekend..............


The Falcated Duck was the most interesting bird at Onuma but had gone by Monday. There were 3 or 4 Smew there though................








I had the teleconverter on for both the Falcated Ducks and Smew......................a bit of a challenge when bigger birds came near,like Whooper Swan and the long staying Vega (?) Gull.



Not much colour around..................


Other duck species included Goldeneye.................



There were also 3 Little Grebe................


And this Great Egret....................







Other stuff at Onuma included a pair of White-tailed Eagle feeding on some wildfowl or other on the lake on Monday morning (I hope it wasn't the Falcated Ducks!) and also a flock of Siskin..................

6 comments:

  1. Some most appealing ones there. I hadn't realised that Smews were smaller than Mallards.

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  2. Those are ace for a grey day. Yes, interesting size comparison with Smew and Mallard. Smew would be nice here, better a male but they rareley are.

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    1. Only ever saw one in the UK and yes it was a female.............

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  3. I can barely imagine Smew and Falcated Duck in the same weekend. Both would be incredibily rare here. I have never seen a Falcated Duck and the only Smew I have ever seen was an immature male in Oshawa, ON a few years ago.

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    1. Around here Smew are pretty regular winter visitors, Falcated a bit less common but not so rare..........

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