Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Amwell Smew

6th December 2013

Due to the relatively mild winter so far Smew have been late to arrive this year and the 1st winter male that arrived on about the 20th November not only is still present, but is still the only one. It was a lovely sunny day but due to the weather was still fairly quiet. Goldeneye have also been slow to arrive and build up in numbers, but today a couple of males were showing well in front of the viewpoint. Despite it only being the first week of December, the mild weather spurred them into displaying.

I eventually located the Smew in its usual position, tucked in tight to the southern bank east of the viewpoint. But then, for no obvious reason it started swimming with some purpose further down the lake. Anticipating the possibility of some close-up shots, I made my way down to the Gladwin Hide and when I opened the flap, there was the Smew right in front in full sunshine. The white flecking on the head seems to be spreading.

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