Monday, 31 December 2007

Ellesmere - Goldeneye finale

It was meant to be a Sunday session capturing close ups of the Scaup flock at Colemere but they seemed hell bent on finding the exact centre of the mere and then staying there, so I left them in peace.......

Wood lane was 'peace' personified - nothing of note there.

So, a call in at the Mere before heading back home for lunch. There wasn't anything exciting there but every Common Gull in sight got the once over just in case..... The Mere is one of the best locations in the county for Goldeneye. They are normally out in the middle or on the far bank but away from the 'Sunday Geese' crowd I found a quiet spot and a pair of obliging Goldeneye. Not the most amazing of images, the light put paid to that but the best I've managed to date. They are not easy birds to expose correctly in dull light either - you can't get more extreme than black and white!

A Great-crested Grebe (one of about 30 on the Mere) was also culling the Perch population nearby. Not sure I'd fancy that spiny fin going down my throat!

Almost certainly the last pic of 2007, wishing you all a fantastic 2008 with lots of interesting birds.....