Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Barton Great-northern.......

Juvenile Great-northern Diver.

Juvenile Great-northern Diver.

Juvenile Great-northern Diver.


Juvenile Great-northern Diver.

Juvenile Great-northern Diver.
Male Reed Bunting.
After days of being indoors due to the crap weather i decided to venture out and made the decision to visit Barton.On arrival i got the gear together in some lovely sunshine,but this didn't last long and it soon clouded over with frequent snow flurries.But things weren't all bad when i was walking past the humber bank end of the Hotel Pit i noticed a large diver on the pit.A quick look through the bins revealed the bird to be a Juvenile Great-northern Diver,a nice surprise!.I made my way down the side of the pit to try and get closer and with a bit of patience i got some very nice views of the bird.Unfortunately the light was dire,so the photos were not great,but we can't always get that perfect photo.I spent the next hour and a half watching this superbly streamlined bird as it cruised about it's temporary home,at one point catching a fairly decent sized Silver Bream,which it temporarily struggled with before swallowing it down,with a distinct bulge in it's neck.The remainder of the time i observed it,it understandably dozed and rested after it's substantial meal.This my third Great-northern of the year,after birds at Ashbyville near Scunthorpe and Tophill Low.Nothing else of note was observed apart from a couple of Siskin over.A nice few hours,with a surprise find.

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