Out practising with the new lens today, and decided to head to the fine city of Norwich. More specifically, Whitlingham Country Park. Despite being close to the hustle and bustle of the city, the park often attracts our more unusual winter wildlife. The local waterfowl proved to be great target training.
A serene Mute Swan, that is, until it tries to steal your Jaffa cake… (don’t ask!)
These female Tufted ducks were more confiding than the black and white males.
Then I spotted the star of the show. Small, grey with a startling red eye. A first for me – an overwintering Slavonian Grebe.
There is a very small breeding population in the UK, but they are more often seen in the winter months around our coasts.
He seemed quite content feeding with the other larger birds, often getting lost in the throng, and lost to view. It was bitterly cold lying on the frozen ground waiting for him to resurface, but still great to watch a bird I’ve never seen before. Despite the fluffy appearance he never seemed to get wet!
The snow hasn’t cleared yet, providing a nice reflected uplighting in the dull conditions.
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