Nov 102020

Any inland Diver is a rare find and usually one that is associated with the winter period. With Black-throated Diver now a very rare visitor to Derbyshire, last recorded in 2011 and Great Northern Diver now an annual visitor to my county, the Red-throated Diver in recent times seems to have  gained second place status. There were at least two birds recorded in 2019.

The discovery of one at St. Chad’s Water yesterday afternoon and still present today, (10th November 2020) was too good to miss. Although, due to a variety of work issues, I couldn’t get to see it until late this afternoon, by which time the light was fading fast. Disappointingly it was hugging the centre of the lake and so some distance away for a decent photograph. I only managed a few record shots in the gloom, but happy I saw the bird and got a few snaps. My new Canon R6 Mirrorless Camera is quite amazing, performing well even in very low light conditions. However, it would have been interesting to see its performance in the low light, had the bird been a lot closer. 

Red-throated Diver – St. Chad’s Water, Derbyshire – 10th November 2020
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