Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Diving into london

With the weather not been great on recently weekends a dry saturday morning tempted me to Fairlop Water in northeast london as there was a Great Northern Diver around as it was bird I only seen distantly before. Took a while to find but did see a few Goldcrest and Bullfinch around the edges and Pochard and Shoveler not bad for a saturday morning in a London Park. After a while managed to locate it out in the water before it disappeared for about 15 minutes when suddenly it reappeared and swam right past me which was a bit of a surprise. It then spent a bit of time fishing around the boats but like the names suggests it can dive for a long time so you never knew where it would reappear.

Great Northern Diver



Then headed to Rainham Marshes by which point it had got very windy so most of the small birds were keeping their heads down but around the feeders best number of Collared Doves with at least 30 in this 1 spot. On the marshes  good numbers of Teal and Wigeon were around with a few Shelduck and flying over Snipe but the highlight of the afternoon was watching the Marsh Harriers hunting with 4 birds showing very well.

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