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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 6 December 2014


Just the one bird featured today ............ and what a bird.

Trevor e-mailed me over a week ago while I was in Wales, to say he'd found a Red Breasted Merganser at the lake.

I've seen plenty of these birds before along the coast in Wales, but never inland. That's usually their close relative the Goosander that pops up this time of the year on lakes and flooded pits inland. (They also appear around the coast too.)
Never seen one inland, and certainly not at Caldecotte Lake.
Yesterday I didn't see it, and so thought maybe it had gone.
This morning was cold and frosty, with the promise of some sun. I had to have a quick visit, just in case, despite it being a weekend, and boats on the lake.
I also had to get back pretty quick for a parcel delivery today too.

Anyway, I made my way to the 'favoured' spot, and there he was.
I took an obscene amount of pictures, sadly not all in glorious sunshine, and while I was there, a male Goosander flew overhead too, hence the plural title.
Great visit.

and the Goosander

and a short bit of video to finish with.

Full list of today's sightings

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species 26


  1. HI Keith Glad Trevor told you about this bird and that he was still on the lake for you to see and photograph. Good to see the video. Have a great weekend birding.

  2. Thanks Margaret. He's not a bad lad really.
    Enjoy your weekend too.

  3. Keith, I'm glad you caught up with it at last, it's a cracking bird and a great 'tick' for the lake?
    I had to come home and rest my shutter finger too!!...[;o)

  4. Certainly is a great bird Trev. Shame about the boats there though, it was on the move after a while. Still there though. The Goosander didn't settle though.

  5. This is a grand find. It's a wonder you weren't inundated with twitchers.

  6. Trevor did well finding this Adrian; first one here that I know of.
    The twitching circus rolled in last week I believe, hopefully they've all buggered off now.

  7. He still looks sleepy in the first shot ...
    Glad you found him and avoided the "twitching circus" - love that phrase. Cheers.

  8. A very nice inland find (well done to Trevor) and well captured Keith. I'm hopeful the Goosanders will return to the River Mole this winter.

  9. Thanks Wilma. The circus and clowns have moved on; sanity returns :-)

    Cheers Frank. This is a good lake for Goosanders. Over 20 on one day a couple of years ago.
    Hope you get yours at the Mole.

  10. Awesome glad you got to photograph him..and great shots too!!

  11. Thanks Sondra. A lovely looking bird, and not too far away.

  12. Like kestrels, the spotty rusty plumage always makes me think of strawberries

  13. And just as tasty to look at.
    Thanks for stopping by Simon