|Distant Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrino|
Another dry, calm day and even some warm sunshine - well, warmish! Off fist thing to Rutland Water and quickly greeted by the corvid family re Crow, Rook and Jackdaw along with a pair of Magpies before departure. Blackbirds about the car park and adjoining area and still scores of Wood Pigeons to be seen. The feeding station provided a pair of Dunnocks along with both Great and Blue Tit plus a hen Pheasant (obviously one that managed to escape the Christmas pot!).
|Dunnock Prunella modularis|
|An inquisitive hen Pheasant Phasianus colchicus|
|Distant record shot of Pintail Anus acuta|
Lagoon 4 duly produced a small number of Cormorants along with a plentiful supply of Wigeon and a few Mute Swans. Sitting on the perch of the Osprey nest I had a long look at the Peregrine Falcon and I certainly got he impression that it had been in residence for thirty minutes or more.Moving on to Lagoon 3 at the "Shoveler Hide" I then had better views of the Goldeneyes along with Great Crested Grebes,Heron, Little Grebe and a pair of Egyptian Geese.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major|
Making my way back towards Lagoon 4 to see if I could locate the trio of female Smews (I could not) I recorded Robin and Pied Wagtail. Then it was on to the opposite end of the reserve to check out the relatively new lagoons of 5 to 8 inclusive. From outside the "360 " hide I could look over most of the water and managed to find a pair of Magpies, A resting Buzzard and a small number of Common Starlings along with a flock of Canada Geese were added to the list.
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pintail, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.
|The distant Peregrine Falco peregrino saying "Goodbye" to me as I say depart Rutland Water|
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