Tuesday, 17 November 2015

BONXIE on Wilstone - bird of the year and of course, I missed it!

GREAT SKUA at Wilstone Reservoir Sunday 15 November 2015

Cracking find by Dave. When I arrived at 8.30 it was about 80m off the jetty but as Dave, Mike and I got to the jetty it took off and stayed just a few metres over our heads for at least 10 minutes battling against the wind before landing on the water about 20m away. It then took off again over the jetty before eventually drifting to the field behind where it attacked the Canada Geese. It flew back towards the water before dropping on the grass bank just 10m from us where it stayed for a few minutes before finally flying back towards the field  before drifting towards Tringford. Last seen distant heading northwards past Ivinghoe Beacon.....
A selection of the some of my better photos attached (Photo 1 uncropped!).
Ian Williams