Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Out and about with Steve Carter

Our first destination was Staines Reservoir, Surrey in search of the Great Northern Divers I had previously observed on Saturday. Weather conditions weren't good with a stiff cold breeze and a persistent mist lingering throughout the morning. We noted c16 Goldeneye including several displaying birds and a pair of Great-crested Grebe began the weed dance for us. Still no sign of the divers though so we began a long walk along the causeway to the other end. It was here that Steve finally discovered 2 sub-adult Great Northern Diver through the gloom. Very distant and no real chance of taking any photo's but we had at least viewed them.
We then retired to the warmth of the car and headed off to Stockers Farm, Stockers Lake & Bury Lake.
On the flooded field at Stockers Farm 45 Wigeon, a pair of Teal and a displaying pair of Lapwing were noted.
At Bury Lake a very approachable pair of Red-crested Pochard gave good views with Steve and I managing to take some reasonable shots of them. Then on to Stockers Lake where a single male Goosander showed from the causeway with 2 sculking pairs of Teal also observed. At the Colne side of the lake a single Chiffchaff sang out, our only summer migrant of the day. From the Kingfisher hide we noted many common species including a pair of Nuthatch.
Fox (1 present form the marsh hide briefly), Brown Rat (2 noted from the Kingfisher Hide).

                                      Pair of Great-crested Grebe at Staines Res.
                          (Photo taken by Steve Carter and his 400mm lens)    

                                          Red-crested Pochard at Bury Lake

                                           Red Fox at Stockers Lake

                                           Nuthatch at Stockers Lake

                                          Chaffinch at Stockers Lake

                                          Brown Rat at Stockers Lake

                                           Blue Tit at Stockers Lake
                                          Robin at Stockers Lake

                                          Dunnock at Stockers Lake

                                                    Colt's-foot at Stockers Lake

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