Wednesday, 4 December 2013

I do love a Redhead (Smew)

Taking advantage of a brief interlude between jobs (it's a long story) I popped to Connaught Water hoping the recently reported Redhead Smew was still knocking about, and within a few minutes of arriving I picked her out distantly between two of the Islands - no chance of any decent photographs I thought as I fired off a couple of record shots. Moving on around the lake I tried to get a slightly better angle of the bird and sat low-down on the perimeter path, partly obscured by some fencing - I'd only been in this position for a few minutes when the bird slowly started to move in my direction after being cajoled and harassed by the local Gull population.

So with a little bit of patience, a fair bit of luck and some good old fashioned field-skills, I pleasingly ended up with some great views and half-decent images of this rather smart winter visiting duck.

Redhead, Ducks, Epping Forest, Connaught Water, London

Redhead, Ducks, Epping Forest, Connaught Water, London

Redhead, Ducks, Epping Forest, Connaught Water, London




2 comments:

  1. Very nice Tony, hopefully more will arrive locally.

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  2. I hope so Dave, along with a couple of smart looking drakes.

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