Tuesday, 6 October 2015

RING-NECKED DUCK relocated on Startop's End Reservoir

Dave Bilcock relocated the drake RING-NECKED DUCK on Startop's End Reservoir on Sunday morning, the bird remaining present with up to 133 Northern Pochard until this evening at least. With much better weather today, I finally managed to get some decent shots of the bird and due to the ongoing scrub clearance work, spent much of its time in the extreme SE corner of the reservoir - the controversial Buckinghamshire section....

Saturday, 3 October 2015

More on yesterday's RING-NECKED DUCK....

I found this whilst searching for the Greater Scaup from the car park steps about 6.15pm  tonight. I managed to get Dave B there to confirm what I thought was a drake RING-NECKED DUCK. It had initially been feeding close to the spit mid way between the jetty and Drayton bank before flying around with 3 Tufted Ducks (exhibiting a dark/grey wing with no white wing bars) whilst I was on the phone to Dave. On landing it was closer but the light was going. I managed to fire off some shots although it was proving difficult to pick out in amongst the Pochard and Tufteds at distance. Attached are a few heavily cropped record shots. Seen by 3 observers only...

Friday, 2 October 2015

Drake RING-NECKED DUCK this evening at Wilstone

Ian Williams located this fine drake RING-NECKED DUCK at Wilstone Reservoir this evening, Dave Bilcock photographing it as it flew closer to the car park steps just prior to dusk. The drake GREATER SCAUP was still present too, as well as a newly arrived juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWIT.

At nearby Weston Turville Reservoir, the juvenile OSPREY remains..

Osprey pix (Francis Buckle)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

COMMON STONECHAT passage begins in earnest...

This flock of 5 COMMON STONECHAT was present at Pitstone Hill yesterday, as autumn passage of this species in the area began in earnest. A group of 3 RUFF were seen at Wilstone (Dave Bilcock), while 2 EURASIAN BITTERNS roosted at Marsworth Reservoir on Monday (Steve Rodwell). The juvenile OSPREY remains at Weston Turville