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Last one for 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

A week to remember

Monday 3rd December 2018

A couple of trips to norfolk

Friday 16th November 2018

Deer and more Deer

Thursday 15th November 2018

Some activity at last.

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Welney Widlife Trust Norfolk

Monday 22nd October 2018

It's all still very hard work

Wednesday 17th October 2018

It's not getting any easier

Saturday 6th October 2018

A stormy week

Sunday 23rd September 2018

It's all still very hard work

Sunday 16th September 2018

Bits and bobs over the last 10 days

Sunday 9th September 2018

Another update

Monday 27th August 2018

About time for an update.

Friday 10th August 2018

Bitterns and a Hobby

Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 5

Wednesday 11th July 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 4

Thursday 5th July 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 3

Wednesday 27th June 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 2

Friday 15th June 2018

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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.

More images in the Recent Additions section.