Dec 312020

Well 2020 has been a mighty strange year to say the least. The COVID Pandemic has caused chaos across the world and may have changed our lives. I’m not so sure things will ever be the same again.

I managed a trip to Mongolia in March, to finalise my Snow Leopard Quest but I paid the price and got entangled with COVID 19. The story is on the website.

My last few photos of 2020. I hope 2021 proves to be a better year and I’m sure we are all looking forward to receiving our vaccine.

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Dec 252020
A Christmas Day Surprise

Whilst counting the waterbirds on Staunton Harold Reservoir, I came across a gull roosting on one of the buoys. I paid little attention to it as I was distracted by the Great Northern Diver out in the middle of the reservoir. The diver disappeared so I went back to the gull and immediately discovered it was an adult Caspian Gull. A pleasant surprise on Christmas Day and I managed to get some reasonable video of it.  

Dec 252020
A Close Encounter of the Diver Kind

I videoed the Great Northern Diver, that I found on 15th December, on Saturday 19th December and it looked decidedly unwell. It was later caught by Seven Trent Wardens and found to have fishing tackle wrapped around its neck and bill. It was released but wasn’t seen again until 23rd December and, thankfully, looking in good condition. I watched it on the afternoon of the 24th December and then had a good close encounter with it on the morning of the 25th December 2020. It was looking very well and obviously recovered from its ordeal with the fishing tackle.  

Dec 182020
A New Bird for my Patch

Whilst looking for the Great Northern Diver at Staunton Harold Reservoir on Thursday 17th December, I received a phone call from Rob Hutchinson, around mid day, to say he may have found a Ring-necked Duck, but only had binoculars. I said I would be with him in 10 minutes with a scope. On my arrival and through the scope we were soon looking at a very smart immature drake Ring-necked Duck, a new bird for Staunton Harold Reservoir. A great find and a thrill to see on on my local patch.

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