Sunday, 6 September 2015

Pennington Flash

The garganey was at the west end of Pennington Flash this afternoon, the first time I have seen it for a few days. I actually managed to get a few flight photos, which I think show that it is an eclipse male and not a female as has been reported a few times. Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures which show conclusively the pale grey forewing, but I think that the broad white bars either side of the speculum, which are visible on the photo where the bird is crashing into the water, combined with the paleness of the throat and eye stripe make it a male.

Also today, at least 300 tufted ducks, mainly in Ramsdales Bay.

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