Saturday, 29 November 2008

Trip to Draycote Water on Friday 28th. November 2008.

Decided to go to Draycote Water again as the sun was shining.Got there at 10.00AM and was pleased to find that for a change there was no wind blowing and the water was glass smooth.The sun shone till lunchtime when a mist appeared from nowhere to ruin everthing but we did have two hours of very good conditions.

There were 3 Great Northern Divers showing well near the pontoons and the Shag was on the pontoons with some Cormorants.The Red-necked Grebe was still off the Farborough Bank but distant.The female Common Scoter was in Toft Bay but also was distant.A Common Sandpiper flew onto the beech near the pontoons.

For once a Kestrel didn't fly off to the next county  when I got near it and allowed me to get some decent pics.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Very rare birds at Draycote Water on Tuesday 25th. November 2008

The sun was shining for a change so on Tuesday morning I went across to Draycote Water.As usual a walk along the Farborough Bank was undertaken in a bitterly cold wind and,as I'd only seen a couple of the Great Northern Divers and these at distance,I decided quite quickly to head back to the centre to try and get warm.

However,when I'd got to about 100 metres away from the centre,a White Tailed Eagle was showing well near the wall.A sensational spot for Draycote Water.It stayed for about an hour before moving off. 

Unbelievably things didn't go downhill in the afternoon when a Golden Eagle was showing well on the grassy knoll near the upper carpark.It also stayed for about an hour before moving off.

Both birds were a first for Draycote Water.Pity then that each bird had a falconer holding onto it.Yes both birds had been brought down to get publicity shots for a new website for the falconers.Still very good to see these fabulous birds close to.