The pics of the juvenile Great Northern Diver on Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale are an unusual subject for us as Pauline explains ..... 'Over the years there have been a few wind-blown, storm-wrecked divers in Lancs or Gt Manchester which I normally avoid going to see. The last one I saw was this species on Rumworth near Bolton back in the late '70's ...... The fact that for whatever reason these inland birds often end up dead depresses me enough to stop me going but this bird at Hollingworth - with its continued presence and seeming good health finally pursuaded me - in fact after missing with the camera on the first visit, I've been back another twice (and may yet go again!) I struggle to make a choice of a favourite bird - but great northerns are probably my number one for all sorts of reasons, plumage, pattern, black and white, clean looking, fantastic design, where they live, the sound they make, the expression in their eyes - I'm besotted .... yes I think they are at the top of my list!'
Pauline says:....'The Little Grebe on the nest is causing a few comments so I think I should explain that this bird nested within a few feet of the concrete pool edge at Dunham Massey, Cheshire in full view of hundreds, if not thousands of visitors! She had four fledged young when I spent the afternoon watching her and their antics. Folks were sat near the empty nest, including me, when she came back at around 8pm for a rest, but the nest was no longer able to hold 5 birds and I smiled when the last one up began to slide off backwards.............'
Pauline say's ..... 'Since I wrote the above things have changed slightly and with more time on my hands as I begin to get a taste for what will hopefully become genuine retirement, I find myself responding to bird arrivals in the north west ....... I'm almost to 'twitching status' having been to the Great Northern Diver at Fleetwood; the Pied-Billed Grebe at Hollingworth; the fated red throated at Fleetwood and the second Grey Phalarope at Lytham .......
A breeding plumage GND - that would be nice!
Soon to be a breeding plumage GND here no doubt
Thanks DC and Our Angela!
Thought it wouldn't take you long to find it, our kid!! Well done - great pics !
Suprised nobody has commented on these of the GND Pauline, this birds been there a while now, thought it had turn up to die as they usualy do on inland lakes in winter. With any luck if it's there another ten weeks i might get round to going myself.
Anyway lovely pics Cheers DC
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