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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Atrocious weather and Gt Northern Diver

             A grim Mixenden Reservoir
           First sighting in the distance
            Iffy zoom shots in the rain








With a quick hospital appointment leaving me with a full dinner hour I could contain it no longer so shot off to Mixenden for the Gt Nth Diver not expecting it to stay till the weekend.
The weather was horrendous with a gale force WSW>7 gusting 8 with horizontal heavy rain and drizzle.
The water looked empty other than a few gulls with visibility  poor but after a bit of eye straining the diver came into view at the far end of the reservoir.
Reluctantly and short of time I dashed on the banking to the far end only to find the bird was now near the west shoreline and with the wind and rain full in my face I had no chance of photos.
Next move was to dash round to the west bank into the trees where I managed some distant shots before it went under and re appeared in the middle.
Back round on the east bank I sat on the wet cobble banking watching the bird forgetting about the weather being amazed at being sat at Mixenden reservoir actually watching a Great Northern Diver.
Well done to DJS for finding such a great bird.
On the way back Raggalds Flood held 83 Small gulls, 2 LBBs and 13 Lapwing.
BS

2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Glad you managed to get the Diver Bri.
Hope you've dried out!!
John

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Well done Bri the soaking was worth it by the look of your photos ! A great bird and really pleased you didn't miss out on it after all.