Garth Peacock
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Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbrisge WWT Gloucesterdhire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

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Monday 3rd December 2018

Last week was quite astonishing in many ways, not in numbers of species taken but the ease of getting them.

First trip out was to the Cam Washes, quite local to me although, surprisingly, I have never been there. The attraction was a Slavonian Grebe, a winter migrant and relatively rare to Cambridgeshire. The weather was cloudy and dull so far from ideal but the bird was not in the least bothered about people so came quite close. I took some shots in the greyness and then some more when the weather brightened, and then some more.....

Nearly 700 photos later, and all of a bird that I had photographed at length during my trip last year to Iceland, I had some work to do to edit them.

It is interesting to compare these photos of the bird in winter plumage with the same species in summer breeding plumage.

The difference is quite staggering.

To end the week, I ventured out with my friend Neil on Friday 30th November. We had noticed that a bird neither of us had ever photographed before, a Black-throated Diver has been reported on a lake in Essex. This species is stunning in summer plumage but this was winter plumage but beggars can't...you know the rest.

It is also called an Arctic Diver or Loon (American) so this indicates where it spends most of it's time during the summer migrating south during the winter.

Arriving at the lake side, we were informed that the bird was still there but had just disappeared into a small reedbed. We made our way to the south side of the lake (yes, it was a sunny day) and shortly after we had set up, it appeared on the far side from where we were. Not too bad as the lake was not large. We took some shots and the bird dived... to surface right in front of us, too close to focus. It slowly paddled away from us, getting in focus. This shot is uncropped.

It made it's way to the far corner of the lake and, surprisingly for a Diver, pulled itself onto the shore. Divers are built for, well, diving, so the feet are located to the rear of the bird but this makes it very ungainly and slow on land so they avoid it as much as possible, mainly staying on the sea.

It posed superbly

even preening and wing-flapping.

Once again, hundreds of photos later... A delightful bird, made special because it was a first for us both.

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