Monday, March 31, 2014

Baikal Teal

It didn't take me too long to make a decision based on choice. Stay at home and assemble Ikea furniture? - Or drive 2 1/2 hours north to Cambridgeshire for two rare wildfowl. At 06:30 am (5:30 am really as the clocks went back) Dave Baker and I headed out for a double-twitch agenda. Our first stop was at Fen Drayton RSPB reserve, where after a short walk, we connected with a stunning male Siberian rarity: Baikal Teal! This mega rarity was reported to Rare Bird Alert on Saturday but, apparently, had been around for two weeks. 

As you can see from these pictures, the bird was on the other side of Moore Lake. Regardless of quality, it was great to see this mega and get a few record shots. After this we headed to The Ouse Washes RSPB where we connected with a male American Wigeon. Though this bird was slightly closer than the teal, it didn't allow me to get any photos as it grazed; only popping its head up from time to time. Other species of interest included: Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Goldeneye, Whooper Swan and Red Kite - seen M1 en-route home.

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