Draycote Water: Goosander, Black-necked Grebe and great views

March 10th: Draycote Water.

I thought I would include a further note on Draycote Water (even though it is out of synchronization), as I wanted to draw readers attention to the lovely setting of this reservoir for walking as well as the exciting Winter birds.

Those odd people who like to torture fish are plentiful but do at least provide a foreground...


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Looking away from the water can provide some nice typically `English" views -

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The birds once again were worth the effort. This male Goosander was lovely in the strong sunlight as he fished just off-shore.

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The Black-necked Grebe was still present as were several of his Little cousins (now in Summer Plumage in many cases).


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Black-necked Grebe.

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Little Grebe.
The first Comma Butterfly was out sunning himself; the comma shows clearly on this shot of the butterfly with closed wings.


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Comma Butterfly on bramble leaf.
The Pink-footed Geese were away feeding on the fields nearby but the Graylag geese were still worth watching -


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- while the Coots were being their violent selves as they battled for supremacy! 


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Wigeon were still present in small numbers as well.

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Male Wigeon in flight.
Other birds photographed include Carrion Crow, Teal and white-fronted geese with their larger cousins.


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