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Saturday, December 20, 2014

6 days on and still Great Northern Diver


    More sub standard pics in terrible conditions





Has anyone ever been to Mixenden reservoir in decent weather because I have,nt.
Got back early from town today so set off for Mixenden at 1445 hrs with decent light , blue sky and fine , perfect to get some good images of the GND, WRONG ! As I approached Mixenden I could see I was heading straight into a depression with dark skies and heavy drizzle.
Once on the banking the sky closed in and down came the rain with a non photographic friendly sky, which soon turned to heavy drizzle but calm.
I could just make out the diver as usual, at the far end of the water diving regular and always coming up in a different spot.
After about 3 laps of the res I,d got a few distant photos and by now the light was fading.
The reason became clear why it has stopped so long, after talking to a fisherman sat in the NW corner he said the diver had been within 6 ft of him several times and he had watched it dive and come up with Roach about 8 times. He says the reservoir is well stocked with fish although the only one catching today was the diver,

Also present was a Little Grebe which flew the length of the water before settling under the trees.
On the way back walking the west banking knee deep in mud a flock of around 17 Long Tailed Tits were present in the conifers by the water along with a little group of 5 Goldcrests.
Who would have believed this diver would stop so long ,its  probably eaten that many fish now its too heavy to take off.

Just received these shots of a Kingfisher by blog watcher Jack taken at Rodley nature reserve
Thanks for those Jack.

               Female Kingfisher, photos courtesy
                          Jack Ibbetson and Cynthia.

BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Bad luck with the weather - pity - you could have just caught a bright spell.
Grim over there at times and the west path is a bog

John

Dave Sutcliffe said...

It's constantly fishing but have not yet seen it emerge with anything. According to BWP they eat smaller fish underwater along with other water creatures. Great news it's still there I saw it again at dusk today. Very special bird for us.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave, a great find. Hard to put an age on it, 2nd winter or adult