Saturday, 3 January 2015

Slavonian Grebe, Wanstead Park

There's know better way to start the new year than with a a big fat patch tick, and today this was in the form of stunning winter plumage Slavonian Grebe. This potential 1st (TBC) for Wanstead was found by the man for all weathers Mr Croft on Heronry Lake in Wanstead Park.

After dropping everything at home (I was cleaning out the smelly U-bend of a dishwasher outflow pipe at the time) and dashing to the park, I arrived to find the Slavonian Grebe on view but on the opposite side of the lake, but after a short time and aided by the local Black-headed Gulls who kept on pestering it, the bird slowly crossed the lake and came a lot closer giving exceptional views to most of the Wanstead regulars, and despite the rain and the gloomy conditions the photos have come out OK.

I also added Kingfisher and Wigeon to the this years patch list which brings me up to the heady heights of 54 - today was local patch birding at its very best.

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage

Winter Plumage


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