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December 2009

30 December 2009

Having been told there were four Black-necked Grebes at Cheddar Reservoir, it was a bit of a surprise to find this little beauty here too. This Slavonian Grebe was not associating with the three (or four, I only saw three!) Black-necked's that were also present and the truly awful weather didn't help. The drake Ring-necked was still present.

28 December 2009

This Black-throated Diver was a popular bird today judging by the numbers of photographers present! Not surprising as it was showing exceptionally well together with a Ring-necked Duck and the usual Red-crested Pochard. The top image crop shows how a tiny 500 pixel image can lack detail - the lower images are just as good quality but at 500 pixels loose much of the fine image detail.

22 December 2009

This Common Crane was originally found by Paul Bowyer on the Axe Estuary, but thankfully a torrential snow shower prevented it flying very far and it was soon relocated just off red Road in Berrow. It was extremely wary - all these shots were taken from the car through a hedge!

13 December 2009

This drake Goosander at Cheddar Reservoir was close-ish today - they are exceptionally smart birds, plus a Meadow Pipit posed briefly.

12 December 2009

The smart drake Ferruginous Duck at Cheddar Reservoir (top) today was just a bit too far away for decent photos, but a quick drop in at Brean Down Cove held two Black Redstarts, one of which was actually photographable. This was probably my fifth or sixth attempt at photographing one here this year - they're not easy!

6 December 2009

Very much a record - I'm sure this Great Northern Diver at Cheddar Reservoir will hang around for ages and eventually show much better than this. They usually do!

5 December 2009

Snow Buntings are never common in Somerset, but are always a delight to see. These two were showing well on Catsford Common. There are two birds here, the top image is of one individual, the lower two of a different one.

 

 
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