Monday, 4 April 2011

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Big Waters on Saturday was quite full, the hide that is with half a dozen there when I arrived at 0730 and quite a few popping in and out right up to 1300.  The lake was not exactly full but quite a selection of  "ducks" was around.  The Swans as usual sallied right up the hide and hopefully the product from the shot below will be showing in a few weeks.

A Mealy/Lesser (delete as appropriate) was flitting around with 2 definite Lessers.  This is not the same bird as the one in the video in my previous post.

Also hiding in the reeds was another courting couple and one again hopefully we will see their beautiful (a term I use loosely) offspring soon.

Final pic shows a trio of lovlies on a rather sorry looking Nijer Feeder.

As stated above there was plenty around including 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 3 Goldeneye, at least 6 Gadwall, 8 Tufties, 3 Shelduck, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Pochard, several Snipe and Oystercatchers, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher dotted around.  Immediately after a heavy shower several Sand Martins appeared.  There were others including Mallard, Teal and Wigeon which I didnt get round to counting as I was trying to get decent pics of Yellowhammers which kept popping in when I was popping to the other side of the hide.  I know North Wales was amazing (thanks Gary and Jo) but its great to be on the home Patch. 
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