Monday, 29 September 2008
Nipped over to Swithland Res. on Saturday to look for the nailed-on-right-by-the-dam Red-necked Grebe. Bugger - no sign of it whilst I was there. And not a lot else about either. This ugly Grey Heron kept an eye on me throughout the sorry proceedings. Ardea uglerea I was therefore a bit peeved when it was reported again, especially as I was otherwise disposed on Sunday. Nipped back again late this afternoon though and managed to watch it making its way back out in to the deep open waters in the middle of the reservoir - good scope views in good light but an unphotographable distance. A cracking male Peregrine in the usual spot, and three Buzzards circling overhead made the wait more bearable, and eventually patience paid off as the grebe made its way back to the dam for another 3 or 4 fish (greedy little bugger this one). Sadly, by that time the light was well and truly out and rain looked imminent. Therefore a high ISO setting made for a grainy few shots but at least it is clearly an immature Red-necked Grebe! Smart stripey face This is the first I've seen in VC55 since February 1997, and the first away from Rutland Water. Seen a few others around Britain but all have been Jan - Mar.