Saturday, 14 December 2013

Black-throated Diver in Princes Park Eastbourne

Black-throated Diver
With a juvenile Black-throated Diver deciding to spend a few days on the small pond in Princes Park on the East Sussex coast down at Eastbourne we thought the trip was worth a try and hoped that the bird had stuck and the weather would be reasonably kind to us. We arrived at 8.15 am and spotted the Loon swimming in the centre of the pond straight away. It was busy feeding on stickle backs and dived continuously often coming up quite a distant from it's previous location. I sat on the bank and managed a few shots although to my disappointment the bird never really came within range for my 400 lens and when it did I found contrast to be a real challenge.

Black-throated Diver
With the weather not really offering any encouragement we left and made the short drive along the coast to Tide Mills where we hoped to find the Spoonbill that'd been entertaining the locals all week. A search of the tidal pools and a walk along the estuary gave up nothing but Redshank, Lapwing and Curlew. The journey home was miserable with the roads moving really slow and each mile seeming to take forever. Not the best days birding of the year but nice to get reasonably close to a Loon for once.

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