Monday, 13 February 2012

More Sawbills

Mr and Mrs Goosander

Male Goosander

Female Goosander

Male Goosander

Female Goosander

Redhead Smew

Redhead Smew with Male Goosander

A few more digiscoped efforts of the Sawbills present at Deeping High Bank, Lincolnshire on Friday. The flock of Goosander peaked at 70 on Saturday, but with the milder weather now setting in most of these birds have moved on, leaving `only` 20 or so. The Redhead Smew was present on Friday, but was not seen Saturday or yesterday, so has perhaps moved off with the Goosander. Who knows?

21 comments:

  1. Your series of the Goosander is beautiful!

    I had to do a little reading to find out what 'digiscoped' meant, since I have never heard of it.

    Have a great week John, and thank you for following my blog.

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    1. Hi Wanda,
      Thank you, you are too kind!
      You are not the only person to have wondered what `digiscoping` is, it doesn`t produce images as good as DSLR`s, but the images are okay?!
      J

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  2. Beautiful photos. The Redhead Smew doesn't know which side is she on!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Bob,
      No, she keeps alternating between Tufties and Goosanders!
      J

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  3. Absolutely stunning shots John. I went up D/High bank today, my shots (taken with a 70-200mm) were rubbish and I have deleted them. Did get some Whoopers though, check PBC site.

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    1. Thanks Roy,
      I have seen your Whooper shots, lovely! I am sure that wasn`t true about your other shots!
      J

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  4. Fantastic birds to see John, and great shots of them.
    I had 26 at my local lake today; amazing numbers of these birds around at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Keith,
      Yes, it has been a remarkable period for these lovely birds, although the numbers have dropped somewhat now.
      J

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  5. Superb collection John,the Smew is my favourite out of the bunch.
    Fab piece of Digiscoping.
    John.

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  6. Very nice series John, Goosander are a favourite although I can never get close enough.

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    1. Hi Mike,
      Thank you. I suppose that is one advantage og Digiscoping, you don`t have to get too close!
      J

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  7. Hi John...Very nice ones of the Goosander's!!I still can't get over the huge difference in the appearance of the male and female!!
    Like the reflections to in these!!
    Grace

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    1. Hi Grace,
      Thank you. Yes, the two sexes are remarkably different in adult plumage, but the male in eclipse (non-breeding) looks very similar to the female and juvenile birds are also quite similar to the female!
      J

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  8. Great pics. Love the way you caught the female lifting her wings.

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  9. Hmmm. Just occurred to me: perhaps she's coming in for a landing. Either way, great pic!

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    1. Thanks Susan,
      No, she was just having a stretch and I luckily managed to capture it!
      J

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