Another brief post-work visit. The female Scaup is still knocking about with Tufteds and hankering after bready-meals.
Resplendent in full breeding plumage ....
Actually a fairly ugly duck.
Amongst the Tufteds was at least one female showing Scaup-like white loral patches, but to be honest you'd have to be a complete f.wit to have to scrutinise the bill pattern to separate from Scaup - they are structurally nothing like!
Nothing like a female Scaup.
When ducks have bad hair days.
I was hoping to pick up a few more warblers and House Martin, but aside from 3 singing Blackcaps I failed on both counts.
I like Blackcaps.
Just before leaving, the Mallards launched into one of their raucous gang-rape episodes. Bloody typical! I'd left the camera on manual focus mode. Rather than missing the whole sordid affair I carried on shooting anyway so not sharp but you get the gist. Started off with 2 drakes, ended with definitely 8 but could have been more involved. You'd think the female would drown but she eventually broke free and flew off with 3 drakes in pursuit.
Shes going down.