17 Mar 2012 Houghton Green Flash

17th March 2012
Frequently the Black-necked Grebe that breed at Woolston Eyes spend some time at Houghton flash before moving on to Woolston Eyes so I just thought I'd have a look there just in case.

I wasn't the only one that turned up thinking there may be some there but no luck today.

However there were quite a few Great Crested Grebe, probably around ten, quite a few Wigeon (10+), Coot, four Oyster Catcher, many Mallard and quite a few Gulls.


Great Crested Grebe


Mallard


Oyster Catcher

The light wasn't brilliant and it rained at one stage but only for a few minutes.

I found interesting to watch the Great Crested Grebe dive for fish and then be dive bombed by the gulls in an attempt to get an easy meal!


Great Crested Grebe/Gull

Due to the poor light I had to use a fairly high ISO to get a reasonable shutter speed and I had to resort to using the teleconverter as most of the birds were a fair distance from the edge of the flash.


Great Crested Grebe

Even so I did manage to get a few reasonable shots.

Thanks for reading.

Andy

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