I set off for Tumbling Bay from the viewpoint on a bright and crisp day with frost still clinging to all the trees. For some reason birds seem to be far tamer in cold weather, presumably because they are more interested in feeding than worrying about what you are doing. As I approached Tumbling Bay a male Blackbird was finishing off the last of the Hawthorn berries and was totally unconcerned by my presence.
Likewise a Robin was searching the grass at the side of the path for some tasty morsels.
I finally reached Tumbling Bay and the Scaup was in its usual position, not too far out and slightly to the right. Below are a sequence of shots of the bird since its arrival, showing the progress in its moult
21st October 2012
2nd November 2012
2nd December 2012
12th December 2012