|A Robin ...always welcome!|
...and then to the hide where I was given a fantastic display by a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers...
|Firstly the male arrived...|
|...and saw a distant male approaching|
|...then got into a bit of a tangle|
|...when a female arrived|
|..both males escorted the female|
|...when another female arrived on the scene!|
This caused havoc!
|...and confusion and ultimately all four birds pushed off.|
In the afternoon I decided to go in search of a Firecrest...as bird of which I have never got even a reasonable photo.
I had received a tip of that within the WWT at Arundel there was a 'hot spot' ! Having tracked down the location I waited and eventually I could make out a tiny bird in the midst of a large bramble patch. Yes it had a magnificent head dress and a prominent white stripe above the eye....BUT....would it show itself in the open? In and out of the thickest part of the bush,high up,low down and constantly on the move. What an impossible little critter to photograph...here are the best efforts....
|It came out for half a second|
|...rapid fire at ten frames per second....|
|Make the most of it....|
|One quick flurry of activity and it was gone!!|
At the feeding station the usual candidates....,
|Mallards....the not so 'usual' candidates on a bird table!|
|Reed Bunting on a feeder (I don't generally like photos of birds on feeders but this is an exception)|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|Chaffinch (the duller female!)|
I like even less, photographs of captive birds but here are few more exceptions!....
|Red Crested Pochard|
|Red Breasted Goose...close up.|
|Shelduck..(bathing)..might be genuine wild!|
|Genuine wild Gadwall. ( I think!)|
|Barrows Goldeneye...definitely NOT wild! (but what a bird!! )|
|Last but not least a genuine Water Rail through the misty glass of the main hall!!|