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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Knot at Baston Fen

© Mike Weedon
This Knot was sitting around doin gnot much and fliyng around the edges of the flooded fen on 31.12.06 (click the photo for a larger version). Knots have also been on the Nene Washes, at Ferry Meadows and at Maxey pits in the last week.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Swans on Deeping Highbank

Bewick's Swan (left) and Whooper Swan (right) © Will Bowell
From the above photos, note just the black and yellow bill of a Bewick's Swan, whilst Whooper Swans display a yellow and black bill. Whooper Swans are our largest Swan at maximum length, with straight necked profile, with Bewick's Swans being our smallest and more goose like. Also note the different shapes of head, with Bewick's having a more wedged like head shape. Mute Swans & Whooper Swan (right) © Will Bowell Whooper Swans © Will Bowell
Bewick's Swan © Will Bowell
The group of Whooper Swans at Deeping Highbank that have been present with Mute Swans have increased to 16. A single Bewick's Swan is also in the herd. They were flushed from feeding in a field south of the river at dusk today and landed on the river, allowing for close views.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Red-throated Diver at Deeping Lakes NR

© Will Bowell

© Mike Weedon
An excellent find for Vin Fleming. This is a first for the reserve since 11th February 1956, when two were present on the Lake. Click for the bigger image.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Long-tailed Duck, Baston & Langtoft Pits

© Josh Jones

Still present today (Christmas Eve) in very poor light - the above were taken with 200 ISO at 1/15th second. It spent most of its time asleep this afternoon, only waking up when disturbed by low-flying geese or aggressive Coots, but it does appear much more settled.

Common Scoter at Ferry Meadows

© Mike Weedon
Drake photographed on Overton Lake on 23.12.06.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mediterranean Gull, Ferry Meadows

© Josh Jones

An adult on Overton Lake, about 20 metres from the Common Scoter.

Maxey Waders

Some of 26 Knot

One of two Grey Plovers

Two Grey Plovers, together

Grey Plover (bathing on right) plus Knot
© Mike Weedon
These birds were part of an amazing fall of waders from the fog at Maxey pits on 23.12.06. In total there were three Bar-tailed Godwits, two Grey Plovers, 26 Knot, two Redshank, one Dunlin, one Oystercatcher and two Curlews in addition to the usual Golden Plovers and Lapwings. Later in the day, Josh Jones also found a Sanderling there and two Dunlin. Click images for bigger versons.

Long-tailed Duck, Baston & Langtoft Pits

© Josh Jones

This bird was found on the same day as a large number of shorebirds in the PBC Area, with "back-up" species including Common Scoter, Knots, and Grey Plovers. All were presumably the product of the thick fog overnight.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Euro White-fronts, Langtoft West End

A welcome respite from the fog provided the opportunity for these shots.

European White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons albifrons

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

White-fronted Geese, Langtoft

© Josh Jones

This group of four Eurasian White-fronted Geese (ssp. albifrons) were initially found by the photographer on Sunday (17th) afternoon at Baston & Langtoft Pits. They have since moved, with their Greylag escort, to Langtoft West End, where they were on the lakes here this afternoon (20th). There is of course every possibility they may return to BLGP at some point, but the flock has traditionally favoured the fields opposite West End Pits. Click on the photos for bigger versions.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Whooper Swans at March Farmers

© Peter Beesley
An excellent couple of flight shots by Peter in fantastic light. The top shot perhaps shows why they are wise to fly in 'V' formation! Click for bigger versions.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Yellow-legged Gull at Dogsthorpe Tip

© Josh Jones

This first-winter bird was one of at least two in the Dogsthorpe/Eye/Tanholt area this morning. Click on the images for bigger versions.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Scaup at Deeping Highbank

© Will Bowell
The immature female Scaup is still present at Deeping Highbank, about 200m west of the Crowland Bridge. Click for bigger versions.