bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Garganey at Newburgh Priory Lake

Had lovely views of a drake Garganey at Newburgh Priory Lake this morning. It was feeding by up- ending constantly. Seen first by Keith Gittens yesterday evening this bird is probably newly arrived and stopping to feed for a while before moving to its breeding area. The Garganey is the only breeding species of duck in the UK that spends the winter in tropical Africa. The drake is very beautiful when seen well, bold white stripe above the eye set off by rich brown with vermiculated grey flanks and elaborate wing covert feathers. The last one I saw at Newburgh was on 2nd April 2010. This one stayed for at least three days.

Drake Garganey- watercolour in sketchbook

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