Monday, 17 April 2017

Velvet Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks at Titchwell

29th March 2017

After a very successful day on the reserve yesterday photographing the Red-flanked Bluetail, Cetti's Warblers and Bearded Tits, time for a day on the beach with some waders. In the event there were very few waders present, so time for a scan of the sea with the bins as I don't normally carry a telescope when I am photographing.

I have spent many superb days sea watching from this beach over the years, but normally a scope is required as the birds are generally quite distant. At first glance through the bins I couldn't see the usual raft of Common Scoters, but there was a smaller group of five birds closer in which turned out to be five female/juvenile Velvet Scoters. How good is that?












But the unexpected bonus today was the large flock of Long-tailed Ducks which, uncharacteristically, were spending a lot of their time relatively close in, at least compared to normal. Over the next couple of hours this provided a number of opportunities as they drifted in and out.
























But then they all took to the air and flew off into the distance, only to return for a fly-past..............






..................before attacking the beach and eventually ditching in the sea.










Well, how amazing is that? Shots of Red-flanked Bluetail, Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit, Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. I have had worse days!!!!



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