Wednesday, 12 June 2013

12th June: Ferruginous Duck

Having not seen the Ferruginous Duck that turned up at Ham Wall RSPB when the Pied-billed Grebe was first present, I was delighted to bump into one today. It was out in front of the second viewing platform, mostly sleeping amongst the Yellow Flag Iris, but occasionally swimming out in to the open. It was always distant so the following are little more than record shots.
Its left eye was the striking white expected of this species, but it appeared to be missing its right eye. A Ferruginous Duck at Chew Valley Lake recently apparently had a damaged right eye, so this must be the same bird.

Ferruginous Duck and Great White Egret together!
A sight more likely to be seen in Romania than Somerset
Also, there were 5 drake Garganey, in various stages of moult, and a flyover Green Sandpiper.

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