Archive for December 18th, 2009

18th December 2009, Friday

But…

…there are still lots of birds at Pett Level, brilliantly lit by the low midwinter sun. Apart from the remaining Lapwings and Curlews, there are dozens of Grey and Golden Plovers and hundreds of Dunlin at the eastern end of the level, just before the cafe.
In contrast to the summer, water levels at the Pools are now very high, bringing a variety of duck close to the road. Terrific views can be had of Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Shelduck and Gadwall. From this close range the subtle barring of the latter can be appreciated, showing it to be so much more beautiful than the dull grey duck it looks in the field guides.
As dusk approaches, Pied Wagtails and Fieldfares converge on the reedbeds, where they roost to a primeval chorus of Water Rails and Cetti’s Warblers.
No sign of White-fronts though, unless I missed them, and no birds at all on the sea.

gadwall

drake Gadwall