January 18, 2011:
Today was a beautiful morning with sunshine providing a clear bright light so that despite the biting wind there was just a suggestion of the Spring to come. All the ice had now melted and a large number of wildfowl were taking advantage of the open water. Apart from huge flocks of Whooper Swans and Pink-feet there were sizeable numbers of ducks, especially Pintail and Teal, which each kept together in their own tight group.
The drake Pintails were in magnificent plumage and cruised around serenely. Several times a female would provide the centre of attraction and become almost coralled by the admiring drakes swimming close by.
[Get out of that - but she did]
Much the same occurred with the Teal whilst others fed closer to the bank.
[Tight group of Teal]
There were also Wigeon, Shelduck, Shoveler and several Coot probing in the mud.