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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mixenden Reservoir revisited.

            The Great Northern Diver nearly 2 weeks on
       Might even get it on the 2015 list.






    Results of laying belly down in the snow
      for 30 mins despite funny looks.

         1 Pair of Goosanders trying to settle
           Canada geese checking it out
   The ring of water on the right is where the Diver went down
coming up between the Goosanders flushing them.

             Distant male Goosander.

A 1430 hrs trip to Mixenden after deciding Ogden would be packed with people that only walk twice a year, Christmas and New Year.
At last I,ve seen Mixenden without drizzle though the sun was behind clouds but the snow provided the lighting.
The Gt Nth Diver was busy fishing throughout bringing fish to the surface regular. With a lot of dashing around the banking and watching the pattern it was moving around the water in I got to the best spot and lay in wait, literally.
Got a few funny looks as I lay in the snow down the edge of the banking but it paid off getting the bird a bit nearer than on full zoom and in decent light thanks to the snow.

A pair of Goosanders flew in but each time they settled the Diver headed towards them then chased them till they flew, this happening several times and once to a Little Grebe. Its obviously got territorial over the area now.
Also present was :-

1pr Goosander
1f Goldeneye
3 Little Grebe
1f Tufted
5 Canada Geese
Several small gulls but no white wings.

On the way back called at Shelf Moor after a good Snipe report from NK but not a bird of any description in any of the fields, probably settled to roost ready for the cold night ahead.
BS


4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Love the final GND shot Bri.
John

Brian Sumner . said...

A great bird, lets hope its stays into the new year.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Great shots Bri they laying down in the snow was well worthwhile then!!!

Brian Sumner . said...

Still drying out but worth it Dave