Dec 152013
 

Eyebrook Reservoir in Leicestershire was one of the first major bird watching jaunts I undertook as a small child. On the 22nd of January 1967 I can remember joining a Derbyshire Ornithological Society Field Trip to this site, seeing my first Goldeneye, Bewick's Swan, Goosander and a range of common wildfowl. Fortyfive years on and Eyebrook is still as good today as it was then. Since about the 8th December 2013, a beautiful drake Velvet Scoter has graced the reservoir, showing incredibly well at times. It is very unusual to get such crippling views of this seaduck. Normally  a distant speck out at sea is all you tend to get. In 50 years of bird watching, this is the first close encounter I have had with a drake Velvet Scoter and what a stunning bird. Today the 15th December, I went to photograph this bird which has been faithful to the Fishing Lodge & Dam end of the reservoir, an area of Eyebrook that I have never visited before. Also here were 2 drake Smew, a pair of Ruddy Shelduck and plenty of common waterfowl. Later in the morning we visited Rutland Water's North Arm and found three Black-necked Grebe, single Goosander and a single Long-tailed Duck. All in all not a bad mornings birding and a year tick to take my year list on to 260.

Velvet-Scoter-87243672A Velvet-Scoter-87373673 Velvet-Scoter-86073676 Velvet-Scoter-86513669 Velvet-Scoter-87083671

Above 5 images – Drake Velvet Scoter – Eyebrokk Reservoir, Leicestershire – Dec 15th 2013 – Tony Davison©

Mute-Swan3677

Adult Mute Swan – Eyebrook Reservoir – 15th December 2013 – Tony Davison©

 

 Posted by at 7:49 pm

  One Response to “A Bird Worth Twitching – Velvet Scoter!”

  1. Great shots!

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)

*

css.phpReturn to Top ▲Return to Top ▲

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close