Monday, December 02, 2013

Black-throated cracker!.

After hearing on Sunday that the recently seen Juvenile Black-throated Diver had returned to North Cave Wetlands i decided to have a trip over to see it this morning.On the journey over the Humber Bridge,it was soon apparent that the fog was going to be a problem as i neared my destination.After getting the kit together i made the decision to cover all the reserve and finish at the Main Lake hide to look for the Diver.The first part of the walk past Village Lake only revealed some decent numbers of Wigeon and Teal on the Lake and as i reached the impressive turret hide a cracking Drake Goosander was watched loafing on Island Lake along with more Teal and smaller numbers of Gadwall,Shoveler and Mallard.Before i reached the Reedbed Lake i stopped to watch a mixed flock of 12 Pied Wagtail and 6 Meadow Pipit foraging on a short grazed area near the Dragonfly ponds and on the Reedbed Lake itself there was 73 Lapwing and a single Redshank feeding and resting on the islands.The hedgerows and trees on the remainder of the walk up to the Main Lake revealed at least 150+ Fieldfare,6 Redwing,10 Blackbird and 3 Song Thrush and a small flock of Goldfinch had 1 Siskin feeding with them in some waterside Alders.I eventually reached the Main Lake hide and saw the Diver more or less straight away...great stuff.The only problem was that the fog rolled in and the Diver moved further away.While waiting for this stunner to come back nearer a posing Kingfisher entertained briefly and a few other bits were logged in the form of 3 Great-crested Grebe and the Juvenile White-fronted Goose flew in off the adjacent fields with his Greylag buddies,being easy to pick out in the flock by it's smaller size.Eventually the Diver began to feed again giving some cracking close views,fairly close to the hide,if only the light had been good,all my images being taken at high ISO and grainy,time to get a better camera!.What a superb bird Black-throated Divers are,they are supremely sleek birds,with that smooth diving action,proper beauties.As i left the sun began to try and break through again,but it was time to go home and get some rest in preparation for my night shifts.An enjoyable few hours out.
Juvenile Black-throated Diver,Main Lake.

Juvenile Black-throated Diver,Main Lake.

Juvenile Black-throated Diver,Main Lake.

Misty fisher,Main Lake.

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