Thursday, 19 March 2015

Common Scoter, Black brook

This morning Dave Williams found a drake common scoter on Blackbrook, just south of the A580 road bridge. It was later relocated under the railway arches near the outflow from Carr Mill Dam, which is probably where it originated from. Careless ducks and grebes occasionally go down the water slide into the brook and then don't have enough room to take off and get back. They usually end up being rescued by the RSPCA, who again were called today.

What a stunning bird though. It just goes to show colours aren't everything, and even a completely black duck (admittedly with an orange / yellow bill) can look great.

A black duck in the shadows isn't the easiest of things to photograph!

This grey wagtail put in a cameo performance for the cameras.

It even managed to get on a photo with the scoter!

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